Mayor Nirenberg has declared that those who have been quarantined at Lackland will not be able to ingress into and travel through the City of San Antonio.
The woman, who had not been identified, was released from the Texas Center for Infectious Disease on Feb. 29 after she had tested negative for the virus on Feb. 21 and Feb. 25, local officials said.
"What happened in San Antonio and what the CDC did is completely unacceptable", he said.
As people emerge from quarantine at Lackland, special buses will take them "directly to the airport in shifts that correspond with their flight times", the mayor's office says.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement Sunday that it was "unacceptable" that CDC allowed the patient flown from Wuhan to leave isolation. "Local health professionals, in whom I have the utmost confidence, are working very hard to prevent the spread of this virus here in San Antonio and we simply, we can not have a screw up like this from our federal partners".
According to the CDC, the patient was discharged from the facility after meeting "all of CDC's criteria for release - resolution of any symptoms and two consecutive sets of negative test results, collected more than 24 hours apart".
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On Friday, the Australian Health Department confirmed the man's wife had also recently tested positive for coronavirus. Outside China, it has spread to 53 countries, with more than 6,000 cases and 86 deaths.
In announcing a closure on Monday, North Star said, "We were notified this morning by the San Antonio Metro Health District of an individual who visited our shopping center and was later found to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, CDC made a decision to bring the individual back into isolation at a local medical facility", the CDC said, according to the mayor's office.
"Unfortunately, after the person's release, the CDC received the results of another test that showed a weakly positive confirmation of the virus that causes COVID-19", CNBC quoted Nirenberg.
According to a timeline shared by the city, the patient was dropped off at the Holiday Inn Express Airport around 3 p.m. on February 29. "The cycle of infection with COVID-19 is not yet well understood, but the amount of virus is typically highest when the person is sickest. No previously quarantined person shall be permitted to enter the City of San Antonio until further notice", he said in the declaration on Monday.
Texans in Congress were quick to speak out, as well.
CDC officials confirmed the person did have contact with others while out of isolation. And the local officials have been tracking 16 individuals from the mall and three at the hotel who are suspected to have come into contact with this woman.