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26 Oklahomans Quarantined Aboard The Grand Princess Cruise Ship Now Home

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Posted at 11:21 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 12:21:06-04

All 26 Oklahomans who were quarantined aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship and at U.S. military bases are now home, according to Governor Kevin Stitt.

“I commend my team and the leadership from the Oklahoma State Department of Health for the hard work and long hours they have invested in their fellow Oklahomans. These passengers were all asymptomatic before being allowed to come home, and our state health department officials will ensure they have the resources they need while resting at home and recovering from this stressful experience,” said Governor Stitt.

The State of Oklahoma chartered planes as well as buses to bring them back from their various locations. The first passengers arrived in late Saturday night and the remainder arrived throughout the day Sunday.

The 26 individuals are not symptomatic and will remain quarantined at home for 14 days with continued monitoring by local health officials.

Commissioner of Health Gary Cox says “Of the 3,500 total people on the cruise ship, there have been only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the passengers. We will continue to monitor the health of those who have returned home and provide the support they need.”

As a reminder, the Oklahoma State Department of Health recommends that those who travel should take the following preventive steps:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

For accurate information and updates as this evolves, please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health website at coronavirus.health.ok.gov. For questions, please call the OSDH Coronavirus Call Center at 1-877-215-8336.

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