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Fugitive at holding center who recently traveled to China under observation for coronavirus

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Posted at 1:33 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 20:10:00-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A fugitive locked up at the Erie County Holding Center who recently traveled to China is under medical observation for coronavirus.

Kevin Qiu, 42, of Brooklyn is being held in Buffalo after trying to enter the U.S. at the Peace Bridge. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Pennsylvania.

Qiu recently traveled to China and has been assessed as a "medium risk" for the virus, according to Sheriff Tim Howard. He is not showing symptoms but all precautions are being followed due to his recent travel history.

Jail management has taken all necessary steps to protect the health of other inmates and staff, Howard said.

According to officials, authorities in Chester County, Pennsylvania, say they will not take custody of Qiu and he "will be released when the paper work is complete and the proper health departments are notified."

Qiu's temperature and other vitals are being monitored on a set schedule while at the holding center.