So. Nevada officials monitoring residents returning from China for coronavirus

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SNHD's Decatur location. (Google Earth photo)
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SNHD’s Decatur location. Google Earth photo.

Clark County residents returning from China with no symptoms of the coronavirus are being monitored by the Southern Nevada Health District and are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days in their homes.  

A spokeswoman for the district declined to say how many residents are under observation. 

“We won’t have numbers – it will be fluctuating,” said Jennifer Sizemore of the Health District via email. “If we provided you a number right now, it wouldn’t be accurate for very long. We were trying to make that understood and let everyone know about this process. If there was a good way to keep those numbers up to date and provide them we absolutely would.”

Consistent with CDC guidelines, these individuals did not have symptoms after receiving a medical screening and were allowed to return home and be monitored under a 14-day self-quarantine,” Sizemore said in an email Monday. “The number of people being monitored under these guidelines is subject to change on a daily basis.”

A number of cities are observing procedures issued this month by the Centers for Disease Control in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 900 and infected more than 40,000, mostly in China.  

Foreign nationals who have visited China in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the United States.  American citizens, permanent residents and family members who have been in China in the last 14 days are allowed to enter the U.S. through one of 11 airports designated by the CDC.  

They may have restrictions placed on their movement for 14 days. 

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.