HHS completes federal quarantine efforts for Grand Princess passengers at Travis AFB
By 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 01, 2020
As of 1 Apr 2020, all 850 Grand Princess passengers have completed their quarantine and departed Travis AFB. The passengers arrived at Travis, March 9 where they received daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms, basic medical care for other health conditions, meals, quarantine-appropriate activities, and transportation to their final destination, all by HHS. Each person was also offered COVID-19 testing. Those passengers who tested positive were transferred to non-military facilities overseen by federal medical staff, and those passengers who developed acute symptoms were transferred to area hospitals.
"We can't overstate how much the cooperation and engagement of our federal, state, and local partners helped us meet this enormous challenge. Supporting the quarantine for these passengers assisted in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and with protecting the American public," said Dr. Robert Kadlec, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). "A tremendous thank you goes to DoD and their outstanding staff at each installation. We are also grateful for the support received from local hospitals where seriously ill passengers were treated, as well as the healthcare providers who took care of them."
Agencies from across the U.S. government provided staff and resources to ensure the health, safety, and comfort of the Grand Princess cruise ship passengers. In addition to HHS ASPR, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, passengers received support from DoD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Marshals Service, and state health departments.