Airport Screening for 2019-nCoV Begins January 17

Jan. 21, 2020

Starting January 17, travelers from Wuhan, China to the U.S. will be subject to entry screening for symptoms associated with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Screening will take place at the three U.S. airports with the most travelers from that area: San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), and Los Angeles (LAX). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are deploying about 100 additional staff to the three airports to supplement existing staff at CDC quarantine stations located at those airports. According to the latest communication from CDC, the risk from 2019-nCoV to the American public is currently deemed to be low.

Additionally, the CDC has developed interim guidelines for handling samples from suspected cases of 2019-nCoV for clinical laboratories. This information can be found on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus home page.