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Passenger with positive coronavirus test flies from New York to Florida

A passenger aboard a JetBlue fight arrived at Palm Beach International Airport as a positive coronavirus case Wednesday night.
Courtesy WPTV

PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) - A passenger aboard a JetBlue fight arrived at Palm Beach International Airport as a positive coronavirus case Wednesday night.

Flight 253 arrived just before 9 p.m. from New York’s JFK airport, but the plane remained on the tarmac instead of proceeding to the gate.

Passengers in the vicinity of the unidentified COVID-19 positive patient were advised of monitoring procedures.

Remaining passengers were released and given directions to call the health department with any concerns.

It's not clear how officials became aware that there was a case of coronavirus on the plane.

Passenger Scott Rodman told NBC affiliate WPTV, "The person across the way from me was taken to the back of the plane. He was wearing masks and gloves. His wife was sitting in the same row as me and mentioned to others that he wasn't feeling well. She said he had gotten a phone call with his test results right before we had taken off, implying that he had a positive test but not actually saying it."