Catholic/Adventist Health Network Treats First Person to Transmit Coronavirus in U.S.
30 January 2020 | A facility belonging to an Illinois-based network of hospitals run under a Catholic/Adventist partnership is treating a woman with the coronavirus who passed it to her husband.
She had recently returned from China where she is suspected to have contracted the virus.
The woman’s husband was being monitored by health authorities after she was found to have the disease. When he too started showing symptoms, he was hospitalized and isolated.
The female is being treated at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, in the Chicago area of Illinois. The hospital is one of the Catholic hospitals in the joint Catholic/Adventist system.
“CDC experts have expected to identify some person-to-person spread in the US,” said Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, according to The Verge news site’s coverage of the hospitalization.
This is the first case of someone in the United States who has transmitted the virus to someone else in the country. Others that have tested positive for the virus have contracted it elsewhere.
Both husband and wife are in their 60s.
There are six confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States.
AMITA Health is one of the largest hospital systems in Illinois. It has 19 Catholic and Adventist hospitals.