83 New York residents placed in self-quarantine after returning from China

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Source : CNBC

Nassau County health officials said Wednesday that they have placed 83 Americans who recently returned to New York from China in self-quarantine due to concerns they were exposed to the new coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified local officials that a plane was carrying Nassau County residents with “potential exposure” to the virus, Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein told reporters. Potential exposure, in this case, means that they had traveled to China in the past 14 days.

“It is our job to, within 24 hours of receiving this notice, reach out to them … to let them know we are asking them to isolate themselves,” he said. He added that because “almost all” of the returnees are Nassau County residents, “in most cases” they are voluntarily quarantined at home.

For 14 days, he said, “we expect them to remove themselves from other people including their family members.”

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