Camp Roberts Ruled Out for Coronavirus Isolation Site
Diamond Princess seen from Mount Asama around port of Toba in Toba, Mie Prefecture, Japan circa 2004 (Photo: Wikipedia)
By edhat staff
Camp Roberts in San Luis Obispo was ruled out Sunday for being a location to isolate cruise ship passengers infected with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The California National Guard post, located on both sides of the Salinas River in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties, was notified on Sunday by state and federal authorities to prepare for the possibility of housing infected passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Officials stated the passengers who test positive for COVID-19 no longer require hospitalization but will need to remain isolated for the mandatory 14-day period.
Late Sunday evening the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Officer received notice that federal authorities no longer consider Camp Roberts a potential site to house any returning travelers who may or may not be infected with the novel coronavirus.
Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said, “We remain prepared to work with federal and state partners should future decisions turn back to Camp Roberts as a resource.”
The cruise ship has been docked in isolation off the coast of Japan since February 5 after a passenger tested positive for the coronavirus on February 1. The ship carries approximately 3,700 passengers, about 400 are Americans with 14 who tested positive for the virus.
The infected passengers were instead flown to Lackland in Texas and Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento, California. There were 13 infected evacuees that were then flown to Omaha, Nebraska to receive care at the University of Nebraska Medical Center although it's not clear why the other infected evacuee wasn't among them.
The virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand with 73,332 confirmed cases. There are 15 confirmed cases in the United States with 60 pending test results.
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