The first asymptomatic COVID-19 infection was found after contact tracing
Aetna Inc said on Friday its first asymptomatic case was found in a customer who returned to its network in February after which he is not sick.
Aetnas chief executive officer Neil Shah announced the discovery after a call with Cook County Illinois public health officials.
A etna customer has been identified who came into our network via the Black and Decker outlet in Black and Decker Illinois Craig Robbins Chief Operations Officer for Aetna said in an email.
The first asymptomatic test test positive is a customer who returned to the network and had no symptoms between February and April 2020 Aetna said.
It added that it has not connected the customer to any of the confirmed infections and had been unable to locate the person who was likely infected.
The first locally transmitted human test was initially found in a patient who had traveled from China and became symptomatic around mid-January and then passed away but Aetna has not identified the person.
Aetna is actively finding and containing the first strain of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 the Jan. 1 2020 and 5 2020 global infection rates. The company is reducing the number of tests it provides around the globe and says it will scale down its international operations if necessary and staff its U. S. facilities.
Including China the number of asymptomatic cases nationally is 37980. Two others infections were found in a patient who returned to the United States from China in August 2020 and then developed symptoms within three months of entering the country.