MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Grand Princess Cruise ship that had at least 21 confirmed coronavirus cases also had 17 passengers from Arizona, according to Mohave County officials. Of those 17 people, one is a resident of Mohave County.
Reportedly, none of the 17 passengers from Arizona have shown any signs of coronavirus symptoms. State and federal officials of Arizona said the passengers can return home.
A cruise ship carrying at least 21 people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus is scheduled to arrive to a California port at noon Monday after being held at sea for several days as cases of the virus spiked across the United States.
Mohave County officials confirm that the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is preparing ways to get these Arizona residents back home. The Mohave County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) will be told when the passenger from its county returns. Once that person is back, they will be confined in their home for 14 days. Public health nurses of the MCDPH Nursing Division will check on them consistently. The nurses will make sure the individual has the necessary food and supplies and will check for symptoms related to the coronavirus.
A Phoenix-area man is stuck at home due to the coronavirus and can't take a planned cruise.
When the 14 days are done, that person will be released if there are still no signs of the infection. However, if they do show symptoms, they will undergo tests and be isolated. If they test positive, they will remain in quarantine, where they will continue to be monitored. At that point, a contact investigation will be in place. At that point, officials will investigate how the passenger may have contacted the virus.
It is likely the other 16 passengers from Arizona will undergo the same procedures in the counties they live in. MCDPH said it does not feel like letting the Mohave County resident come back home puts the community at a higher risk.
The Grand Princess Cruise ship docked in Oakland on Monday. That day, American passengers disembarked from the ship and were placed in a 14-day quarantine. Foreign passengers were sent to their home countries to finish the 14-day quarantine. The passengers who were extremely sick and needed urgent medical aid got off the ship first. Most of them went to military bases in California, Texas and Georgia. With more than 2,000 passengers and 1,100 crew members, it had more than 3,000 people on board. Most of the passengers, more than 1,000, are from California.