Fake News: Scripps Urgent Care NOT On Lockdown; Two People In Clinics Do NOT Have Coronavirus

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  • by: Ryan Cooper
Fake News: Scripps Urgent Care NOT On Lockdown; Two People In Clinics Do NOT Have Coronavirus

Was a Scripps Urgent Care in Southern California put under lockdown because it was treating two patients with the coronavirus? No, that's not true: Scripps Health has taken to social media to deny these claims, which have been made repeatedly on Twitter, at least. The company says there are currently no cases at any of its walk-in clinics or facilities, which are all located near the San Diego area.

The claim originated from a post (archived here) published by Juan Davis on January 27, 2020. It opened:

WARNING DO NOT GO TO THE SCRIPPS MEDICAL CENTER they have it locked down ...there are two people here from China WITH the corona virus.....

Users on social media saw this:

The post is not accurate. In response to the concerns being shared on social media, Scripps Health posted these tweets:

As of January 28, 2020, according to The New York Times, at least 106 deaths in China had been blamed on the current coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, about a week ago. There are five current cases of the virus in the United States, and all of the patients recently traveled from Wuhan.

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  Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is the former Director of Programming at CNN International, where he helped shape the network's daily newscasts broadcast to more than 280 million households around the world. He was based at the network's Los Angeles Bureau. There, he managed the team responsible for a three-hour nightly program, Newsroom LA.

Formerly, he worked at the headquarters in Atlanta, and he spent four years at the London bureau. An award-winning producer, Cooper oversaw the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the uprising in Egypt in 2011. He also served as a supervising producer during much of the network's live reporting on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

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