Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Cal OES issues update on Americans who have disembarked the Grand Princess cruise ship

As passengers disembark from the Grand Princess cruise ship in Oakland, the state and federal government are working quickly to ensure that Americans are housed in safe and secure sites during their mandatory 14-day quarantines.

In continuing support of these Americans, up to 24 individuals who disembarked the cruise ship are being relocated to a cluster of buildings on the Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove.

The individuals will be temporarily housed in buildings that are removed from visitors and the public, and will not interact with other Asilomar guests, employees or the general public.

All the individuals have been screened by medical professionals, and because they have mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, they cannot be quarantined at Travis Air Force Base. While none of these individuals is known to have contracted novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, they will be tested and monitored by medical professionals while at Asilomar.

This housing effort is focused on protecting the health of these Americans and the public health of California's communities and military readiness at Travis Air Force Base.

The California Health and Human Services Agency and California Governor's Office of Emergency Services are partnering with federal and local governments to ensure that adequate protocols are in place to protect the health of the disembarked passengers and the public health of California and the communities surrounding Asilomar.

The state is also working closely with local agencies, including Monterey County and the City of Pacific Grove, to coordinate this mission and provide communication and information to the public.

"These residents have endured a lot of stress in the last few days, and our top priority is to protect their health – and the public health of California – until they can return to their homes," said California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. "We understand people across California are concerned about novel coronavirus, and that's why we're collaborating with our federal partners to ensure that the community surrounding Asilomar is not impacted."

"State Parks is ready to step up and support these Americans who need our assistance, and we continue to make the health and safety of visitors, employees and the public our top priority," said State Parks Director Lisa Mangat.

"We are grateful to the community of Pacific Grove and Monterey County for stepping up to care for our fellow Americans in their time of need," said Mark, Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. "This community embodies the leadership we have seen in other parts of the state, including Solano County and Oakland."

"The nation and indeed the rest of the world is watching how our community reacts to this situation," said Monterey County District 5 Supervisor Mary Adams. "We have an opportunity to provide an example of a compassionate humanitarian response."

"We are working with federal and state officials to make sure every step is taken to protect the health of our community," said Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County health officer.

"Public health and safety is the responsibility of every level of government. Pacific Grove is working closely with our state and federal partners to ensure the highest level of safety is provided for our community," said Pacific Grove City Councilmember Amy Tomlinson.

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