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UPDATE Tuesday, Feb. 25: Traveler to LAX quarantined at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu

Animation from Centers for Disease Control of coronavirus.


A person is being quarantined at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu, where it was announced late Sunday, Feb. 23, that the base might be used as a quarantine site for travelers being monitored for the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.

The traveler was taken to the base Sunday, Feb. 23, and local officials said the traveler is healthy and is being monitored based only on travel history.

The Ojai Valley News will cover a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 1  p.m. in Camarillo where a representative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will talk about the COVID-19 quarantine center at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu. Check out the OVN coverage at and on the OVN Facebook page.


A community meeting — closed to the general public and media — was held Monday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pt. Mugu Theater. A doctor from the Centers for Disease Control will be one of the speakers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working closely with the Department of Defense and other federal partners, stated in a press release that it is "taking all reasonable steps to address an evolving public health emergency," presented by COVID-19.

"Any travelers housed at the base would be monitored for signs of infection and transferred to appropriate medical facilities if symptoms developed," according to the press release.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services:"The Department of Defense has made sites available around the country to house such travelers, and NBVC-Point Mugu was one site determined to be suitable for travelers requiring quarantine. At this time, HHS is preparing this site should it be needed in the rapidly evolving public health response.
"Any actions that the Department of Health and Human Services takes, working with federal, state, tribal and local partners to address this public health emergency, are being done in a way that protects both those quarantined and other citizens as well. Imported cases of COVID-19 from a small number of travelers have been detected in the U.S. but this virus is not currently spreading in U.S. communities and the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time."
In Orange County, a federal judge temporarily blocked the U.S. government from transferring as many as 50 people infected with the novel coronavirus to a local facility in Costa Mesa after pushback by some local officials.
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