Live updates: 2nd coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in California, indicating virus is spreading out in the state

Live updates: 2nd coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in California, indicating virus is spreading out in the state

U.S. lawmakers demanded responses from administration authorities Friday about the whistleblower who stated employees from the Health and Human Solutions Department without correct training or protective equipment were sent out to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The employees were released to March and Travis military bases in California.

The whistleblower’s complaint declares the workers had face-to-face contact with returning passengers in a plane hangar and when they helped distribute secrets for room tasks and give out colored ribbons for recognition purposes. The workers did not show signs of infection and were not evaluated for the infection, according to lawyers for the whistleblower, a senior HHS official based in Washington who oversaw the these employees at the Administration for Children and Households, a system within HHS.

The whistleblower is looking for federal protection, alleging she was unfairly and improperly reassigned after raising issues about the security of these workers to HHS authorities, including those within Azar’s workplace. She was told that if she does not accept her new position by March 5, she would be terminated.

After House Democrats had a closed-door briefing Friday morning, they stated they were not pleased by the answers they got and asked for a follow-up briefing from HHS. They were at first told they could anticipate such a rundown Friday afternoon, but that 2nd briefing never came through.

, who represents March Air Force Reserve Base, informed press reporters: “The question I asked was: What guarantees do we have that correct protocols were followed throughout the federal quarantine?

Takano stated Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for readiness and action at HHS, had agreed to consult with him and other California legislators to follow up. Since Friday afternoon, that follow-up was not arranged.

” I believe those of us who represent these bases, you know, deserve and merit this additional attention,” Takano stated. “But this, the possibility that treatments weren’t followed, correct procedures weren’t followed, and appropriate training was not in place is really worrying.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member on the Senate Financing Committee, sent out a letter to Azar on Friday stating the whistleblower’s grievance showed that “mismanagement on the part of HHS placed these human services staff at threat.”

Wyden has actually asked Azar to explain in detail why the person was reassigned and details about the department’s protocols for deploying medical and agency workers to health emergency situation locations, training and what actions HHS has required to quarantine, screen or test the ACF workers after their assignments.

HHS officials have said they take all whistleblower complaints really seriously, are offering the individual “all proper securities under the Whistleblower Defense Act” and are examining the problem.

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