ANNISTON, Ala. (WBMA) — A FEMA facility in Anniston will be used as a coronavirus quarantine center for some American passengers evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Saturday.
The passengers were evacuated back to the U.S. from the cruise ship in Japan.
HHS said the passengers who will stay at the east Alabama federal facility have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) but are not currently showing symptoms.
They added that if any of the passengers become seriously ill at the facility, they will be transported to pre-vetted hospitals for treatment. They did not name what hospitals those would be or specify how many passengers will be housed at the facility.