U.S. citizens returning from China arrive in Riverside County, officials address fears, questions, concerns

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CDC representative Dr. Chris Braden takes questions from reporters during a Jan. 29 news conference held at the Riverside University Health System - Medical Center Education Center Wednesday, Jan. 29. Valley News/Courtesy photo
A private plane chartered by the U.S. State Department carrying more than 200 State Department employees, their families and other U.S. citizens landed at March Air Reserve Base this morning after being evacuated from Wuhan China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. To date more than 6,000 cases have been reported of the deadly illness which has claimed the lives of 132 in China. So far, only five cases have been reported in the U.S., with two of those cases in California, one in Orange County and a second in Los Angeles County, but officials say the threat to the public remains low. “And we aim to keep it that way,” Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said during a Wednesday morning news conference. “If there is an unthinkable event and we need to
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