A patient was recently cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in San Antonio, but later tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient was released into the public after a false-negative test result, The Hill reported.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the patient was quarantine after contracting COVID-19, where they tested negative twice. A third test recorded positive results after they were discharged from the Texas Center for Infectious Diseases on Saturday. The patient has since been readmitted.
The CDC currently faces criticism in how they have supported local health care providers ahead of the outbreak. Cases in the U.S. have jumped in the past few days, and state and local labs were sent revised test kits last week.
Physicians across the U.S. have said that the CDC has not provided “crucial information” which could help save lives.
Dr. Irwin Redlender, the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, said that “It’s a medical truism that it’s absolutely essential that physicians with experience with a particular condition disseminate information to others.”
Redlender added that to not share relevant information “is inexplicable and inappropriate.”
Mayor Nirenberg shared similar frustration with the CDC, saying that “the fact that the CDC allowed the public to be exposed to a patient with a positive COVID-19 reading is unacceptable,” he said in a statement. “This incident is exactly why we have been asking for federal officials to accept the guidance of our local medical community.”
There are 89,197 global cases confirmed, and 86 confirmed cases in the U.S.
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