A person who tested positive for the coronavirus last week attempted to board a plane bound for Florida at a Maine airport on Sunday – but was prevented from boarding the flight by public health officials.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that they had contacted the person at Portland International Jetport and convinced them not to be in flight.
“Maine CDC staff communicated with the person with COVID-19 who later decided not to board the plane,” a statement said in a statement.
Another person traveling with the coronavirus patient got on the plane but was later removed, the agency said.
The person who tested positive returned to isolation as did the person traveling with them, but it is unclear whether they contracted the virus.
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Researchers have found that flying coronavirus can lead to clusters of the bug.
A new study in Emerging Infectious Diseases magazine found that a single sick passenger spread the coronavirus to 15 others on board on a March flight from London to Vietnam.