COUNTY SCREENS 14,000 MIGRANTS; FLU CASES RISE TO 149, BUT RATE OF OUTBREAK SLOWS

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By Miriam Raftery
 
June 4, 2019 (San Diego) – As the federal government continues shipping migrants seeking asylum from Texas to San Diego, San Diego County Public Health reports that 14,000 have undergone health screenings here since May 19. Of those, 149, or about 1 of every 100 migrants locally, have been diagnosed with influenza (flu); 27 are currently quarantined in hotels, including 11 families.

To prevent these flu cases from spreading to the public, “Those determined to have influenza-like symptoms are isolated in local hotel rooms with individual heating and air conditioning units. Accompanying family members are quarantined with their relatives and are also given treatment to prevent them from getting sick and spreading the virus,” says County communications specialist Jose Alvarez. With continued arrival of migrants to the shelter with influenza-like symptoms, all migrants without symptoms are also receiving treatment to prevent them from getting sick.”
 
That treatment is far more humane than in Texas, where Homeland Security and Customs and Immigrant Enforcement detention facilities are overcrowded, with even children sleeping on the ground in often frigid temperatures; yesterday national media coverage revealed that numerous migrant children were left in a truck for two days by federal officials.
San Diego County and migrant center medical staff visit patients daily in their hotel rooms to continue monitoring their symptoms, address medical needs and assess when they are well enough to travel.
 
“We are taking all the appropriate steps that we can to contain this outbreak at this facility and to protect the public’s health in San Diego,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob. The County has called for the federal government to provide funding to cover costs being pushed onto local government for care of the migrants awaiting asylum hearings.
 
In January, the County Board of Supervisors authorized using a closed downtown courthouse as a temporary shelter. It was refurbished and opened in March.
 
“Our early efforts to create a safe and professionally-staffed shelter for legal migrant families has protected the greater San Diego region,” said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “Our rigorous screening process and attentive medical staff is what has allowed us to quickly identify this issue and take steps to address it.”
 
The outbreak appears to be slowing down, with a lower percentage of cases being diagnosed in recent days.  Below is data from May 24 through June 3:
 

June 3, 2019


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

92

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

8

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

149

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

1

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

 27 (11 families)

June 2, 2019


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

70

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

13

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

141

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

0

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

34 (14 families)

June 1, 2019


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

117

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

23

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

128

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

2

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

80 (36 families)

May 31, 2019-Update


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

101

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

24

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

105

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

2

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

62 (26 families)

May 30, 2019-Update


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

73

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

22

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

81

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

1

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

63 (26 families)

May 29, 2019-Update


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

97

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

12

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

59

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

0

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

82* (33 families)

*Yesterday’s number was under reported; should have been 36.

May 28, 2019-Update


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

102

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

12

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

47

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

0

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

 36*  (14 families)

*Number should have been 36, not 15.

May 27, 2019-Update


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

65

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

3

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

35

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

0

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

 14 (5 families)

May 26, 2019-Update


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

31

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

1

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

32

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

0

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

24 (10 families)

May 25, 2019 Update


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

34

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

2

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

31

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

1

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

27 (13 families)

May 24, 2019 Update


New Migrants Screened at County Shelter

47

New Cases of Influenza-like Illness

13

Total Cases of Influenza-like Illness Since May 19, 2019

29

Number of New Migrants Sent to Hospital ER, with Influenza-like Illness

0

Migrants Currently Quarantined at Hotels

24 (12 families)