T.F Green passenger experiencing flu-like symptoms transported to hospital

T.F Green passenger experiencing flu-like symptoms transported to hospital

WARWICK, R.I (WLNE) – A passenger from T.F Green was transported from the tarmac to an area hospital on Tuesday after experiencing what the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) said were flu-like symptoms.

The Southwest flight coming from Orlando landed at the airport at 10:00 A.M.

According to the RIAC, airline and public safety personnel immediately put protocols in place to assess the individual and transport them directly from the plane to the hospital to minimize exposure to other passengers.

“We immediately put our protocols in place to assess, isolate, and transport that individual to an area hospital,” John Goodman, Director of Public Relations for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, said.

Kristen Dyer, a passenger on the plane, said she was happy with how it was handled.

“The Warwick Fire Department came in quietly and took her out. No one made me feel uncomfortable or nervous. Nobody even talked about the coronavirus,” Dyer said.

Although it is not unusual for passengers to become ill on flights and require assistance from health care professionals, the RIAC said given the nature of the situation, responding personnel employed health protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).

“The patient will be evaluated,” Joseph Wendelken, Public Information Officer with the Rhode Island Department of Health, said. “If it is determined that, based on the person’s contact history and their travel history, they will be tested for COVID-19.”


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