HEALTH

Traveler from China quarantined after arriving at Newark airport

BY Julie Daurio, Producer |

An individual in New Jersey has been placed under mandatory quarantine over coronavirus concerns, state health officials have confirmed.

The person, who is asymptomatic, traveled from China to Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday evening.

The individual is the first person in New Jersey to be put under mandatory quarantine for coronavirus monitoring.

“While the individual did not present any symptoms, they were in Hubei Province on February 4 and therefore were issued a 14-day quarantine order,” said Nicole Kirgan, a spokesperson for the state health department. “The individual, who is not a New Jersey resident, was transported to a location in Essex County, and the New Jersey Department of Health will monitor the individual for symptoms.”

Newark Liberty is one of 11 airports in the nation receiving flights from China and screening passengers.

There are no confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey.

State health officials say the risk of transmission in New Jersey remains low.