8 LAX Passengers Have Been Quarantined Over Coronavirus Concerns
Officials at Los Angeles World Airports today announced that eight LAX passengers have been quarantined over coronavirus concerns.
During a press conference, a spokesperson for LAWA said that he did not have information about where the individuals were taken, but that each was transported from the airport by the Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County Department of Health.
"[It was] different transportation in different situations," he said.
In a statement released earlier today, LAWA officials detailed the precautions they’re taking regarding coronavirus.
Following the guidelines of federal and local officials, LAWA employees are doing deep cleaning throughout LAX every hour, and focusing on high-touch areas like handrails, escalators, elevator buttons and restroom doors (although there’s been some question as to whether that is actually happening in real time).
They’re placing hundreds more sanitizing stations throughout the airport, and cleaning bathrooms hourly as well.
Passengers who may have been exposed to the virus are being screened in isolated areas.
The virus is affecting revenue for the airport as well. Flights are already down 3.9% for March, and the Transportation Security Administration reported Thursday that passenger screenings were down 20% compared to last year.
- LAX Coronavirus Traveler Information (LAX Official Site)
- What We Know So Far About The Coronavirus In LA (LAist)
- A second LAX screener tests positive for the coronavirus (Los Angeles Times)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC Official Site)