The first confirmed coronavirus case in Texas was confirmed by U.S. officials on Thursday.
The patient who tested positive was part of a group evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new virus, officially known as COVID-19. The patient was under federal quarantine with the rest of the group of evacuees at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. After showing symptoms, the patient was taken to a hospital and isolated before testing positive.
The patient is the first person under quarantine at the base who had symptoms and tested positive for the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. The patient was the 15th person in the United States to test positive for COVID-19.
“There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan,” the CDC said. More than 600 people who were evacuated from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine in Texas, Nebraska, and California.