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The Grand Princess cruise ship that has been idling off the California coast with at the least 21 coronavirus patients onboard traveled below the Golden Gate Bridge after 11:10 a.m. Monday.
The ship docked at pier 22 in the Port of Oakland simply after midday at an 11-acre web site enclosed with a fence. Tents have been arrange and at the least 10 ambulances and 15 buses have been parked in the containment space.
Federal and state officers have been planning for flights and buses to whisk passengers aboard the boat to navy bases or their house nations for a 14-day quarantine.
“Not one of the passengers who disembark shall be launched into most of the people,” a press release from the California Governor’s Workplace of Emergency Companies (Cal OES) mentioned.
The boat is carrying about 2,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members and has been touring in circles off the coast of California for a number of days as state and federal officers made disembarkment plans.
This is a rundown of the plan of motion for disembarking:
Passengers who require acute medical therapy and hospitalization — not solely associated to COVID-19 — will disembark first and go to healthcare services in California for therapy.
As soon as this group has been cared for, 962 California residents aboard will disembark for testing and isolation. “It’s anticipated that these actions will take the larger a part of the day on March ninth,” Cal OES mentioned. “California residents who disembark shall be transferred to Travis Air Drive Base or Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for testing and quarantine.”
Subsequent, non-Californians shall be transported to services in different states for testing and isolation. “Residents of different states will full the necessary quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas or Dobbins Air Drive Base in Georgia,” in response to a press release from the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies.
The disembarkment may take two to 3 days.
Crew shall be quarantined aboard the ship, and people in want of extra acute medical care shall be transported off the ship to a medical facility.
The ship will solely keep in the Port of Oakland at some stage in disembarkment
Federal and state officers selected the port of Oakland for the disembarkment as a result of it is one of many few ports that may accommodate the 951-foot-long ship.
“The Port of Oakland location was the simplest to seal off, securely transfer passengers towards their isolation locations and defend the protection of the general public,” the assertion reads.
The Port of Oakland is the fifth-busiest container port in the US after Lengthy Seashore, Los Angeles, Newark and Savannah.
At the very least 21 individuals on the Grand Princess have examined constructive for coronavirus, together with 19 crew members and two passengers. The assessments have been initially administered to 46 individuals (of the roughly 3,500 passengers and crew) who have been displaying signs. Vice President Mike Pence mentioned in a press convention Friday that each one passengers could be examined.
The priority of the Grand Princess began after a 71-year-old passenger from a earlier voyage on the identical boat died of coronavirus final Wednesday at a hospital in Roseville in Placer County, close to Sacramento. He had underlying well being situations. The Los Angeles Instances reported he had the virus earlier than boarding the boat that traveled between San Francisco and Mexico, Feb. 11 to 21. This implies the virus might have been circulating in the state for an extended length than initially thought.
“Dr. Grant Tarling, the cruise’s medical officer, mentioned the person — who later died in Placer County after leaving the cruise — sought medical care on the ship Feb. 20 and had been sick for a number of days,” the Instances reported. “Tarling mentioned two waiters who served the person a number of occasions have been subsequently contaminated.”
The Related Press contributed to this story.
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