There is concern about the transfer of quarantined people to local hospitals for evaluation.
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TEXAS – Concern for people in quarantine in the Lackland Air Force Base San Antonio has said in a letter that local officials sent to the United States Department of Defense.
In the letter it is requested again that the protocols in the treatment of quarantined persons be modified.
According to the letter, more than 18 individuals have been transferred from the base to be evaluated in local hospitals after presenting symptoms of the new coronavirus or to give positive to COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that three new cases of coronavirus were discovered among people in Lackland, raising the total number of cases of the virus to six in Bexar County.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff signed the letter sent to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, where they ask that patients receive medical attention on the same basis instead of being transferred to public hospitals.
Officials said there is a lot of concern about the possibility that the transfer puts the military personnel at the base and other community members at risk of exposure to the virus.
Lackland Air Base has received a total of 235 people evacuated from Japan and China after the outbreak of the new coronavirus. However, 90 of the travelers finished their quarantine this February 20 and were free to return to their homes.