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Second group of cruise ship passengers heads to MCAS Miramar for quarantine

Posted at 7:52 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 11:36:30-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A second group of passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, on which at least 21 people tested positive for coronavirus, is expected to arrive Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to begin a two-week quarantine period.

The cruise ship, which had roughly 3,500 people aboard -- with at least 900 of them Californians -- was being held off the coast of Northern California before it was allowed to dock in Oakland on Monday.

A group of between 50-60 Southern California residents who were aboard the cruise ship arrived at the base Tuesday night on a flight from Oakland.

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A second flight carrying a "larger" group of passengers is set to arrive sometime Wednesday, according to a tweet from MCAS Miramar. No details about the flight or its estimated arrival have been disclosed.

While some of the California residents will be housed at Miramar, others will be held at Travis Air Force Base northeast of Oakland.

Cruise ship passengers who are residents of other states are expected to be taken to Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas or Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia.

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This will be second time Miramar has been used as a quarantine facility due to the coronavirus. More than 200 people who were evacuated from Wuhan, China -- the epicenter of the outbreak -- were housed at the facility last month. Two of those people eventually tested positive for the virus, but they were hospitalized and have since recovered and been released.