Visitor to Michigan Blocked from Boarding Plane to Go Home After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Georgia SlaterPeopleMay 21, 2020, 1:26 PM CDT

A Michigan airport barred an out-of-town visitor from boarding a flight to return home last week after learning that the passenger had recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Capital Region International Airport in Lansing was alerted by the Ingham County Health Department on May 15 that a person with COVID-19 was possibly planning to board a flight and ignore health orders to quarantine, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said that she obtained a cease-and-desist order to block the passenger from boarding the flight, and even went to the airport herself to make sure the infected person went home to quarantine.

“We can’t have people hopping on planes that are known positive with COVID-19,” Vail told the outlet. “We just can’t.”

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