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Flight Attendant Diagnosed With Coronavirus After Trip To Los Angeles


“We’re disinfecting LAX every hour,” Mayor Garcetti tells reporters.

A Korean Air flight attendant who worked on flights out of Los Angeles International Airport was diagnosed Wednesday in South Korea with coronavirus. The flight attendant 24,  worked for flights between LAX and Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 19 and 20, according to several South Korean media outlets. The woman had also serviced a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Seoul on Feb. 15, South Korea’s Center for Disease Control said.

At least 30 members of a church group on that flight were diagnosed with coronavirus, as reported in Fox 5 San Diego.

Korean Air has not released the flight attendant’s full routing since contracting the virus but it’s believed that the employee worked additional flights to and from Seoul in the days following the flight to Israel, according to South Korean news outlets.

About 1,150 cases of coronavirus have been reported in South Korea, including a 23-year-old U.S. service member stationed in the country.

The soldier “is currently in self-quarantine at his off-base residence… Korean and U.S. military health professionals are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed,” according to a U.S. Forces Korea statement.

Korean Air did not confirm the reports but has closed its operations center at Incheon Airport in order to disinfect the area.

There are no new reported coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, the LA County Health Department said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is aware of the report and investigating, the department said, as reported by

“Public Health will announce when a new case of novel coronavirus is confirmed if a person confirmed to have novel coronavirus dies, and if there are public locations where a confirmed case may have been if needed to identify additional persons at risk for being infected,” the department said.

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