Cruise ship passengers arrive at Dobbins ARB for COVID-19 quarantine

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Aircraft carrying passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship arrived at Dobbins ARB early Wednesday morning to start their 14-day quarantine after possibly being exposed to the novel coronavirus aboard the ship.

Prior to arriving here, the passengers were medically screened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The passengers who were asymptomatic were transferred here and other federal military installations for COVID-19 testing and quarantine.

Quarantined individuals do not show symptoms of illness and are quarantined as a precaution.

Should any individuals be identified as ill during their quarantine period, the Department of Health& Human Services, the lead federal agency, has procedures in place to transport them to a local civilian hospital.

CDC is fully responsible for all aspects of the quarantine operation, and Dobbins personnel will have no contact with these passengers. By providing this support, Dobbins ARB is helping to protect the health of Americans by preventing the spread of the virus.

As our base provides support to DHHS, our primary responsibility is the safety of our force, our families and our base communities, said Col. Craig McPIke, Dobbins installation commander.


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