One of 57 evacuees from the coronavirus zone in China who is being held in quarantine in Nebraska was transported Friday to a special isolation unit of an Omaha medical center to undergo testing after developing a mild cough overnight.
Officials with Nebraska Medicine said the woman's symptoms are “extremely mild” and that she did not have a fever when she was taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus' federally funded National Quarantine Unit. The woman had samples taken Friday "out of an abundance of caution," officials said, and the samples will be tested for COVID-19.
The 20-bed unit is separate from any of the buildings on campus where patients receive care at the Nebraska Medical Center.
The person was among those evacuated from the virus zone in China who arrived last week at U.S. military bases, including Camp Ashland, to begin a two-week quarantine.
The people staying at Camp Ashland, the Nebraska National Guard's training site, landed a week ago at Eppley Airfield in Omaha.
The plane arrived from the Wuhan region of China, the center of the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Military bases in California have also received Americans who are quarantined.
At Camp Ashland, patients are staying in an 85-bed housing complex built in the 1990s.