U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expressing concern for Texans’ health and safety after an individual, who had traveled to Wuhan, China, was released from isolation at the Texas Center for Infectious Disease (TCID) in San Antonio, despite testing positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon confirming the positive test result, the CDC returned the individual to isolation after 12 hours in the San Antonio community, possibly exposing others to the disease.
In the letter, the Senators wrote:
Following a letter from the CDC to the Texas Health Commissioner explaining the incident and next steps, the Senators added in a statement:
As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, Sen. Cruz will be holding a hearing tomorrow, March 4, on the role commercial air travel plays in both spreading and containing coronavirus and what Congress can do to prevent further outbreaks. Learn more about the hearing and Sen. Cruz’s efforts to reduce the spread of the disease and protect lives here.