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Second group of cruise ship passengers arrive at MCAS Miramar for quarantine

Posted at 6:49 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 21:49:00-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- A second group of people potentially exposed to the coronavirus arrived at MCAS Miramar Wednesday.

A third group is expected to arrive later, adding a total of 200 to 250 passengers to the 42 already quarantined.

All of the passengers are from the Grand Princess Cruise ship where 21 people tested positive for the coronavirus.

"We are still feeling very good, no symptoms at all praise the lord," said Michele Smith in a video she shot while stuck on the ship with her husband, Steven.

She said they have been quarantined on the ship for about seven days, having to stand about six feet away from other passengers.
Their ship docked in Oakland earlier this week.

"These are the Coastguard cutters, following our ship to Oakland," she said in another video.

Wednesday Michele and Steven were finally off the ship and on a flight to MCAS Miramar.

Everyone will be quarantined at the Miramar Inn and the Consolidated Bachelor Quarters on base.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be responsible for their stay, including food, laundry and security.

HHS officials say the passengers are medically screened for symptoms of the coronavirus three times and once they are on base they are offered coronavirus testing

Anyoe who tests positive for the virus or develops symptoms will be transferred to sheltering location.

Anyone who develops serious symptoms will be taken to a hospital.