Cruise Passenger Quarantined in San Antonio Tests Coronavirus-Positive

   March 16, 2020 ,   Accidents

A Grand Princess cruise passenger at JBSA-Lackland (US military facility in San Antonio TX) tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The spokesperson for the CDC and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Joey Smith, said the patient, an American, had been taken off of the base and was being treated for the respiratory disease at “a Texas health care facility.” The name of the facility has not been released.

The patient was the first person that has tested positive for the virus among the 149 Grand Princess passengers currently quarantined at San Antonio's military base.

The case was announced hours after the city’s second travel-related case of the coronavirus, separate from the military base, was confirmed. The passengers left the cruise ship earlier this week, and are undergoing a 14-day quarantine at Lackland, Southwest Side. 

All patients will be monitored for symptoms and offered COVID-19 testing. Those who test positive or develop flu-like symptoms will be taken to non-quarantine sites for the rest of the duration. Most of the evacuees at JBSA-Lackland live in Texas.

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An additional 230 American evacuees had previously been quarantined at the base. They were flown back into the country in February from Wuhan where the virus first spread, and from Diamond Princess docked in Japan. Of those first 2 groups at Lackland, 11 people tested positive for COVID-19 and were treated. At least 3 have recovered and been released as of this week.

The group of evacuees undergoing quarantine at Lackland is one of 4 across the nation. As of Saturday, March 14, 867 passengers are staying at Travis Air Force Base and an additional 489 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California. A total of 497 cruise passengers are housed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia.

For other Grand Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.