The Grand Princess cruise ship is set to dock at the Port of Oakland in California. Some 19 crew members and two passengers have tested positive for the coronavirus, and all the passengers will now have to undergo quarantine.
LATEST, March 8, 11:30 a.m. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced Sunday passengers onboard the Grand Princess will “not be released into the general public.”
SFGate reports the Grand Princess, the cruise ship being held off the California coast over coronavirus concerns, is scheduled to dock at the noncommercial Port of Oakland on Monday. From there, a disembarkment mission managed by state and federal entities will begin to unfold.
Passengers who require acute medical treatment and hospitalization will disembark first, followed by other guests. California residents will go to a federally operated facility within the state for testing and isolation while non-Californians will be transported by the federal government to facilities in other states.
Of the more than 3,500 people on the boat, 1,000 are Californians and they “will complete the mandatory quarantine at Travis Air Force Base and Miramar Naval Air Station,” according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Residents of other states will complete the mandatory quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas or Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia. Throughout the quarantine, passengers will be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19.”
“The entire mission is centered around protecting the health of the passengers, and ensuring that when the passengers disembark, the public health of the United States, the State of California, and partner communities is protected,” a statement from Cal OES reads.
Federal and state officials chose the Port of Oakland for the disembarkment because it’s one of the few ports that can accommodate the 951-foot-long ship.
“The Port of Oakland location was the easiest to seal off, securely move passengers toward their isolation destinations and protect the safety of the public,” the statement reads.
The Port of Oakland is the fifth-busiest container port in the United States after Long Beach, Los Angeles, Newark and Savannah.
At least 21 people on the Grand Princess have tested positive for coronavirus, including 19 crew members and two passengers. The tests were initially administered to 46 people who were displaying symptoms. Vice President Michael Pence said in a press conference Friday that all passengers would be tested.
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