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Some Grand Princess Cruise Ship Passengers To Be Quarantined At Asilomar

Asilomar Conference Grounds
Monterey County officials announced Tuesday that some passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship will be quarantined at Asilomar.

According to the California Office of Emergency Services, up to 24 passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, currently docked off Oakland, will be quarantined in Pacific Grove. They'll stay at a cluster of buildings on the Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.

"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," Cal OES wrote in a media statement. "While none of these individuals is known to have contracted novel coronavirus (COVID-19), they will be tested and monitored by medical professionals while at Asilomar."

During a press conference Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that 26 individuals from the cruise ship went to regional hospitals and six different counties. Asilomar is a state-owned facility.

“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, in a statement.

Monterey County officials say specially trained teams will attend to the passengers' needs. The quarantine will last 14 days. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those with underlying conditions postpone any cruise ship travel plans. 

This is a developing story. 

Erika joined KAZU in 2016. Her roots in radio began at an early age working for the independent community radio station in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2012, Erika spent four years working as a television reporter. She’s very happy to be back in public radio and loves living in the Monterey Bay Area.
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