The Lansing State Journal has reported that last week a person who tested positive for COVID-19 attempted to fly on a commercial flight.
"We can't have people hopping on planes that are known positive with COVID-19. We just can't. It was like, no, you can't," Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said.
Yes, you read correctly. This person, who was visiting family in Michigan and then tested positive, still had plans to return home via plane. Health department officials had to explain to the patient how this causes a great risk, especially for others.
Even though attempts were made to stop the positive patient, the person did not want to obey orders. The Ingham County Health Department contacted the Capital Region International Airport and notified them of the issue. The airport worked alongside the airlines to identify that the patient did book a flight. A cease-and-desist order was then put in place, in case the passenger did not comply. Luckily, airport staff were able to find the passenger before the security checkpoint, and the person, thankfully, left voluntarily.
It's devastating to hear that just as we thought we were moving forward, we have to take two steps back because of actions like this.