Officials release San Antonio coronavirus patient who later tested positive

By Talk 1370

SAN ANTONIO ( -- A patient in San Antonio who had been in isolation for the coronavirus was mistakenly released from isolation, officials said.

CDC officials say the patient had been under isolation for several weeks following a return to the U.S. from Wuhan, China. Officials say the patient returned two negative tests and was not showing any symptoms, prompting their release, but a subsequent lab test result that was returned after the patient was released came back "weakly positive" for the COVID-19 virus.

"The fact that the CDC allowed the public to be exposed to a patient with a positive COVID-19 reading is unacceptable,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement. "We will hold the CDC accountable to providing complete transparency for the public. This situation is exactly why we have been asking for federal officials to accept the guidance of our medical community."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reacted strongly to the news. "What the CDC did is completely unacceptable," Abbott said Monday. "It appears to be a case of negligence with regard to allowing this person who had coronavirus to leave Texas Center for Infectious Disease and go back into the general population. I think they understand the magnitude of the error."

Officials are working to trace any contact the patient had with others while outside of isolation. According to the CDC, the patient visited North Star Mall and the Holiday Inn at San Antonio's airport before being brought back into isolation.