Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old doctor who was treating Ebola patients in West Africa with the group Doctors Without Borders, returned to New York on Oct. 17. Other than feeling sluggish, he had exhibited no symptoms of the disease until Thursday. After he was admitted to Bellevue Hospital, he tested positive for the virus. He had spent the previous days at various locations across the city; doctors have said he posed no risk to the public because he was asymptomatic.
The Health Department tracked his whereabouts from when he left Guinea Oct. 14 through his diagnosis. While in Guinea, Spencer always wore personal protective equipment, and there were no known breaches in protocol, officials say.
On Oct. 14, he took a flight from Guinea to Brussels, reporting no symptoms. On Oct. 17, he boarded a flight from Brussels to the U.S. on Brussels Airlines Flight SN0501, again reporting no symptoms.
He landed at JFK on Oct. 17, and went through the enhanced screening required for travelers coming from Ebola-stricken nations in West Africa. He did not show any symptoms.
Here is where Spencer went in New York City after he started feeling tired on Tuesday (times are approximate).
Tuesday, Oct. 21
- 7 a.m. Reports fatigue and exhaustion, but shows no other symptoms like fever, vomiting, diarrhea
- 3 p.m. Visits The Meatball Shop at 64 Greenwich Ave., spends 40 minutes there
- 4:30 p.m. Visits the High Line, stops by Blue Bottle Coffee stand at 10th Avenue and West 16th Street
- 5:30 p.m. Gets off the High Line at 34th Street, takes the 1 train to 145th Street
Wednesday, Oct. 22
- 1 p.m. Goes running along Riverside Drive and West Side Highway
- 2 p.m. Picks up Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share at 143rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue (Corbin Hill Farm), goes back to apartment on 147th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in Hamilton Heights
- 5:30 p.m. Leaves apartment to go to The Gutter bowling Alley in Williamsburg. Takes the A train at 145th Street, transfers at 14th Street to take L train to Bedford Avenue
- 8:30 p.m. Leaves The Gutter. Takes Uber cab to return home
Thursday, Oct 23
- 10:15 a.m. Reports fever, contacts Doctors Without Borders and NYC Health Department. Immediately taken to Bellevue Hospital by FDNY EMS.