PHOENIX - Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Monday that a 31-year-old man who was caught crossing the border has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the statement, the man, along with three Mexican nationals, was caught near Calexico, California on April 23. While the three Mexican nationals were returned to Mexico, the Indian man was taken to a Border Patrol facility for processing.
The man, officials say, was evaluated by medical personnel and placed on quarantine because he displayed flu-like symptoms. Test results for the man came back positive.
CBP officials say the man is the first individual in CBP custody to test positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing has been done with those he may have been in contact with, and the Government of Mexico has been notified of the incident.
As for the man, CBP officials say he has been transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where he is being treated.
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