Health Department Releases Ebola Patient Timeline

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett today. (Photo: Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett today. (Photo: Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office)

The New York City Department of Health has released a timeline of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer’s movements since Tuesday.

Tuesday is when Dr. Spencer experienced his first symptom — fatigue — though the health department and the mayor have both cautioned that Ebola is typically only spread once someone has a fever.

“Fatigue is a symptom of Ebola, but it is very unlikely that people he came into close contact with on 10/21 are at risk,” the Health Department wrote in its timeline. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are actively monitoring the health of these close contacts.”

A timeline of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer. (Courtesy New York City Health Department)

A timeline of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer. (Courtesy New York City Health Department)

The timeline offers no details of Dr. Spencer’s movements before he showed the symptom of fatigue — it notes only that he left Guinea on October 14 on a flight to Brussels, and then left Brussels on October 17 on a flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport, landing there also on October 17, with no symptoms on arrival.

That afternoon, Dr. Spencer visited The Meatball Shop at 64 Greenwich Avenue, where he spent 40 minutes. Then, he took a walk on the High Line, stopping at the Blue Bottle Coffee stand at 10th Avenue and West 16th Street.

At 5:30 p.m, he left the High Line at 34th Street and took the 1 train to 145th Street, near his home.

The next day, Wednesday, he went for a run along Riverside Drive and the Westside Highway around 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., he picked up his farm share at a Corbin Hill Farm community-supported agriculture program at 143rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

That evening, as has been well-publicized, Dr. Spencer went bowling. He left his apartment around 5:30 p.m. with two friends and took the A train from 145th Street to the L train at 14th Street, which he took to Bedford Avenue. He bowled at The Gutter, in Williamsburg, until around 8:30 p.m., when he took an Uber car home.

The next morning, at 10:15 a.m., he reported his first fever, of 100.3 degrees, to the health department and Doctors Without Borders. He was taken by the FDNY’s Emergency Medical Services to Bellevue Medical Center, where he is still being isolated in stable condition.

The health department’s full timeline is below:

  • Patient is a 33-year-old male Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctor Without Borders) medical doctor who last worked in Guinea on 10/12. While treating patients in Guinea, he always wore personal protective equipment (PPE), and there were no known breaches in protocol.
  • On 10/14, the patient departed Guinea on a flight to Brussels. Patient reported no symptoms.
  • On 10/17, the patient boarded a flight to the U.S. on Brussels Airlines Flight SN0501. Patient reported no symptoms.
  • On 10/17, the patient arrived at JFK. The patient was screened at JFK and had no symptoms upon arrival.
  • On 10/21 at 7 AM, the patient reported fatigue and exhaustion. No fever, vomiting, diarrhea. Fatigue is a symptom of Ebola, but it is very unlikely that people he came into close contact with on 10/21 are at risk. Out of an abundance of caution, we are actively monitoring the health of these close contacts.
  • On 10/21, around 3:00 PM, the patient visited The Meatball Shop. The Meatball Shop is located at 64 Greenwich Avenue.Spent 40 minutes at The Meatball Shop.
  • On 10/21, around 4:30 PM, the patient visited the High Line.Walked on High Line and stopped at the Blue Bottle Coffee stand (10th Ave & W 16th St)
  • On 10/21, around 5:30 PM, the patient got off the High Line at 34th Street and took the 1 train to the 145th Street station.
  • On 10/22, around 1:00 PM, the patient went running along Riverside Drive and Westside Highway
  • On 10/22, around 2:00 PM, the patient went to pick up Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share at 143rd St and Amsterdam Avenue (Corbin Hill Farm)Patient picked up box and brought back to apartment
  • On 10/22, around 5:30 PM, the patient left for The Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with two friends. For his arrival at Gutter, the patient took the A train at 145th Street and transferred at 14th Street and took the L train to Bedford Avenue.
  • On 10/22, around 8:30 PM, the patient left The Gutter. For his return trip, the patient used Uber as his means of transportation.
  • On 10/23, around 10:15AM, the patient first reported a fever.  At this point, the patient called Medecins Sans Frontieres and the New York City Health Department. He was immediately taken to Bellevue by FDNY EMS. The patient was tested for Ebola at the Health Department’s Public Health Lab. Test results are presumptive positive for Ebola. A confirmatory test will be conducted by the CDC; results will be available within the next 24 hours.