Democratic Representative John Garamendi suspects a confirmed case of coronavirus in northern California is the result of the decision to bring American evacuees from overseas to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. That patient from Solano County is currently being treated at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and reportedly did not get the virus as the result of travel to China or contact with anyone who has traveled there. Hers is believed to be the first case of community transmission the United States.
Congressman Garamendi is not convinced that's what's happened. He told News 93.1 KFBK there is strong evidence that protocols were not followed by the people who were responsible for processing the evacuees at the air force base.
"There's suspicion that that infection came off of the base, possibly with one of the health care workers that was inadequately protected or didn't follow the procedures for protecting themselves and the community at large." said Garamendi.
Garamendi also claimed that local government officials were not allowed to have any input into the decision to bring the evacuees to Travis AFB or another base in California.
Garamendi's allegation comes after a Washington Post report on a whistleblower complaint that staff members from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families were sent out to help control the spread of coronavirus without adequate training or necessary equipment to do the job.
The congressman's full interview is available below.