During Thanksgiving, a mother and son were stopped in Baltimore, Maryland, after authorities learned that the child had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Maryland State Police Department Travis Nelson said the agency was alerted to the boy’s positive Covid-19 test around Nov. 15 on Nov. 24 after they were contacted by local health officials.
The Wicomico County Department of Health said it had information that the mother and son were traveling to Puerto Rico and were unavailable.
“We immediately got the information the mother and child needed and passed it on to the Maryland Transportation Authority police to begin searching for the mother and child,” Nelson said.
Within 15 minutes, state police managed to order legal isolation and quarantine so officers could prevent the family from boarding the plane and return them home.
Airport police found the family at the Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport and instructed his son to isolate himself at home and quarantined the mother for direct exposure.
By 3:45 p.m., less than an hour after the state police approached him, Nelson said authorities could call the mother by phone with health officials.
She said she did not believe the mother knew her son had a positive coronavirus test. Their identities were not disclosed.
Nelson said the rapid work of tracing the family was the result of a trusted partnership between the state police and various health departments and local agencies.
“It’s one of those things where you can never really know what might have happened when you prevented something, but it was definitely a victory in how we were able to prevent the spread from happening again,” he said.