Japanese Couple on Delta Flight From Hawaii Diagnosed With Coronavirus
Officials tracking couple's activities in Hawaii and trying to identify anyone who had close contact with them
TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Delta Airlines is notifying passengers who were on a Feb. 6 flight from Hawaii to Japan that a Japanese couple on the flight tested positive for novel coronavirus after they returned home.
Delta Flight 611 departed Honolulu and landed in Nagoya after a flight of about 10 hours, CNN reported. "We are proactively reaching out to customers who were onboard that flight as well as taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our customers and crew," Delta said Monday.
Hawaiian officials have been tracking the couple's activities in Hawaii and are trying to identify people who may have had close contact with the man and woman, CNN reported. They were on Maui from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 and on Oahu from Feb. 3 until their Delta flight home, according to Hawaiian health officials.
Last Friday -- eight days after the couple left Hawaii -- Hawaiian health officials said that the man had tested positive for coronavirus in Japan and was being treated at a hospital there, CNN reported. During the weekend, the Japan Times reported that the man's wife had also been diagnosed with coronavirus.
People can get sick up to 14 days after exposure to coronavirus, so physicians in Hawaii have been alerted "that it's possible that cases may surface sometime before" this Friday, two weeks after the Japanese couple left Honolulu, said state epidemiologist Sarah Park, M.D., CNN reported.