With Coronavirus Looming, SF Activates Emergency Center

Margie Shafer
January 27, 2020 - 10:32 pm
A Japan Airlines worker (C) wears a face mask while working inside a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 23, 2020.

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San Francisco activated its emergency operations center as a way to prepare for the possible spread of the deadly coronavirus to the city. 

The activation of the emergency operations center Monday aims to ensure readiness against the contagious illness.

"San Francisco is ready to respond in order to insure public safety," Mayor London Breed said. 

A plan for a flight to San Francisco International Airport carrying American diplomats and private citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China — the virus' epicenter — was canceled Monday, Breed said. 

That flight has been routed to Ontario, Calif. instead. The passengers' health will be checked at three points. 

Travelers who arrive at SFO after being in Wuhan will be examined by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any passengers diagnosed at the airport would be quarantined at a San Mateo county hospital. 

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Bay Area, but two patients in Southern California have been positively diagnosed as have three other individuals in the United States. There have been 10 patients put "under investigation" for possible infections in Alameda County, officials there said Friday. 

In China, at least 106 people have died from the disease, CBS News reported. 

Officials say the risk of infection is low to people who have not been to Wuhan or in contact with a person with one of the known cases of coronavirus.