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State to quarantine four Grand Princess passengers in Monterey County

Post Date:03/10/2020 6:04 PM

Monterey County has been notified by the California Office of Emergency Services that four individuals from the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is barking passengers in the Bay Area, are being sent to Asilomar in Monterey County for quarantine.

The passengers who will be staying in Monterey County were screened at hospitals in the Bay Area and do not need hospitalization.

Asilomar is a state-owned facility and the state will be providing all resources needed for these passengers. Other Asilomar guests, staff and the general public will not have contact with these individuals. Specially trained teams will accompany the cruise ship passengers and attend to their needs. 

“We are working with Federal and State officials to make sure every step is taken to protect the health of our community,” says Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer.

Most of the steps people take each year to protect themselves against seasonal flu will help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects often.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from a person who is ill.
  • Stay home when you are not feeling well

In addition, the CDC now recommends that travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This includes avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships. More information can be found at the CDC website https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/covid-19-cruise-ship.

If you are sick and are concerned about the possibility of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider.  Do not go to the emergency room unless the symptoms are severe.

You can find more information at the Health Department’s Novel Coronavirus page at www.mtyhd.org/2019nCoV or by calling 211.

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