Gov Abbott Slams CDC After Accidental Release Of Coronavirus Patient In San Antonio

Chris Fox
March 02, 2020 - 2:50 pm
Governor Greg Abbott

Credit: Chris Fox, 1080 KRLD


AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - ‘Completely unacceptable’ is how Texas Governor Greg Abbott referred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) accidental release of a quarantined Coronavirus patient in San Antonio who still tested positive.

At a Governor’s mansion press conference, Abbott called for the CDC to halt the release of quarantined Coronavirus patients until they develop a better protocol.

This includes the 120 Diamond Princess Cruise ship passengers scheduled to be released today.  

“Our demand. And our expectation is those people will not be allowed to go home today. They will not be allowed to go home until the CDC can guarantee, uh, they have, uh, no trace of coronavirus and pose no threat to the expansion of the coronavirus anywhere in the country,” said Abbott.

Abbott also called for changes in CDC testing procedures to insure that no more mistakes happen. “Our demand here going forward, the CDC will do three tests as opposed to two, the second thing is that currently, the two tests are done 24 hours apart,” said Abbott. “We want the three tests to be done 48 hours apart. What the CDC must do is they must improve their protocols and they must be absolutely certain that before they allow anybody to be released from any location in San Antonio.”

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner, Dr. John Hellerstedt sent Governor Abbott’s demands in a letter to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield as well as the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Abbott also discussed the situation with Vice President Mike Pence, who has been put in charge of the Coronavirus response by President Trump.