Kevin Qiu, 42, was stopped at the Canadian border trying to come into the US. He claimed to have recently been in China and there was a warrant out for his arrest in Pennsylvania. Now, he's detained in New York, under watch for coronavirus symptoms
A 42-year-old fugitive from Brooklyn is now being held under observation for coronavirus at a Buffalo, New York, detention center after he told agents at the Canadian border that he had recently been to China.
Kevin Qiu has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Pennsylvania, though it is not clear for what he was wanted.
At some point, he made his way to Canada and, on Wednesday, attempted to come back to the US via the Peace Bridge.
He admitted to Customs Border and Patrol officers that he had recently been to China. His name was flagged for the warrant, and the officers took him into custody.
Qiu is being housed at the Erie County jail, where medical personnel are closely monitoring his temperature and vitals, in case he develops any signs of the virus.
'Qiu, who has recently traveled to China, is assessed as a "medium risk" individual for the virus,' said the Erie County Sheriff's Office in a statement.
'Although the individual is not symptomatic, precautions are in place until his judicial release or decision on extradition.'
In addition to funneling all Americans returning from China into 11 airports, the White House has instructed agents on US land and sea borders to ask those attempting to enter the country about their travel histories.
At least one person has been stopped and turned away at the Canadian border because they had recently traveled to China.
US border agents are not asked with checking travel histories in an effort to contain the coronavirus
Qiu is being closely monitored at the Erie County Sheriff's Office's jail while he awaits release or extradition
The White House enacted a travel ban on any none-US citizens who have traveled to China within two weeks of attempting to come to the US in an effort to stem the spread of the virus in the US.
Americans returning to the US from Wuhan, the outbreak's epicenter - however few there may be, as the city is itself on lockdown - are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
People coming back from elsewhere in China have been directed to self-quarantine at home.
Someone with a warrant out for their arrest, however, present a unique challenge.
Jail house medical staff