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Oklahomans, Others On-board Grand Princess Cruise Ship Evacuating To Military Bases

Posted at 10:51 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 15:51:04-04

UPDATE: Steven and Michele Smith are on their way to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, after a seven-day quarantine on the Grand Princess cruise ship. The couple and a group of others are departing from Oakland International Airport.
Hundreds of Grand Princess cruise ship passengers are finally disembarking, with hundreds more to go.

The entire ship, currently docked near San Francisco, spent six days in quarantine with 3,500 people on-board. 26 of them are from Oklahoma.

Related Story: OSDH: Health Officials to Monitor 26 Oklahomans Returning from Cruise for Possible Coronavirus

At least 21 people aboard tested positive for coronavirus.

Steven and Michele Smith, a couple awaiting to be let off the ship, wait with their bags packed.

The two say they visited Hawaii and were on the way to Mexico when the ship turned around.

The Smiths will be taken to Travis Air Force Base to begin another quarantine for 14 days.

"That's 14 days on top of the six days we've already been quarantined. That's a long haul, 20 days of being quarantined," Steven said.

Steven and Michele are from Paradise, California, two hours from T.A.F.B. So far, they say they are feeling fine and have no symptoms.

They also say they saw American passengers being flown to military bases all over, including in Texas, for the 14-day quarantine. They say Canadian passengers were taken to a base in Canada.

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