More than two dozen University of Texas at Austin spring breakers tested positive for COVID-19 following a spring break trip to Mexico, university and Austin public health officials said Tuesday. In an email sent to travelers before the trip, JusCollege said Mexico had far fewer cases of COVID-19 than the U.S.
A group about 70 people in their 20s took a chartered flight from Austin to Cabo San Lucas a week and a half ago despite recent warnings against unnecessary worldwide travel from the government.
"Twenty days after their return to Austin, Texas, they had already passed the incubation period established by the World Health Organization", the trust said in a statement. The city and university contacted every spring breaker who went on the chartered plane after receiving the flight manifest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are closely monitoring them. Some members returned independently on commercial flights.
The students were not under a federal or state travel advisory at the time, noted KVUE-TV reporter Tony Plohetski. The Austin Public Health Department warned citizens from taking similar trips amid the virus pandemic.More news: Toronto cancels city-led and permitted events to June 30
Mexico overall has confirmed just over 1,200 cases of coronavirus and 29 deaths, a fraction of the numbers in its northern neighbor.
Nearly 30 students who recently traveled to Mexico for spring break have tested positive for COVID-19.
"While Mexico at the time of their travel was not under a federal travel advisory, Austin-Travis County residents should follow CDC's travel recommendations indicating travelers avoid all non-essential worldwide travel", Austin Public Health said.
"The Department of State Health Services has been notified", the agency said.More news: To Mars "send" 11 million people at the end of 2020
Nationwide, there are now at least 183,532 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 3,727 deaths as of Tuesday.
Mexican President Andrew Manuel Lopez Obrador has been hesitant to enforce strict social distancing measures over fears the economy will be adversely affected. Monday, Mexico declared a health emergency.
On Tuesday afternoon, more than 180,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the USA, with around 3,780 deaths and over 6,000 recoveries.More news: Israeli jets strike Syrian positions, says Damascus