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sm200320-F-OB094-010Wisconsin National Guard personnel wait to load luggage for four Wisconsin citizens who returned to Wisconsin late March 20 at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wis., after a weeks-long ordeal aboard a cruise ship that had confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board. There were originally 38 Wisconsin citizens onboard the ship, 29 of which returned to Wisconsin last week, where the Wisconsin National Guard was waiting to transport them to their homes. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Moll

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers announced today that late last night four Wisconsin citizens who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship that docked in the Port of Oakland, California last week arrived in Wisconsin. Wisconsin National Guard personnel were waiting to transport them back to their homes for self-quarantine.

The cruise ship had confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, so each passenger will follow Center for Disease Control and Wisconsin Department of Health Services protocols and continue to self-quarantine for the requisite 14-day period after landing at the National Guard’s Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin.

sm200320-F-OB094-036Four Wisconsin citizens returned to Wisconsin at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wis., late March 20 after a weeks-long ordeal aboard a cruise ship that had confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, where Wisconsin National Guard personnel were waiting to transport them home. The Wisconsin National Guard previously transported 29 other Wisconsin citizens who were aboard the same ship back to their homes. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Moll

There were originally 38 Wisconsin citizens aboard the ship, all of whom are asymptomatic and have not tested positive for COVID-19. A first group of 29 returned to Wisconsin late March 15 after a weeks-long ordeal aboard the ship, which had more than 3,500 on board and 21 total cases of COVID-19. Two of the original 38 Wisconsin passengers chose to remain in quarantine in Texas under the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), citing personal reasons. The remaining three passengers remain in California and will return back to Wisconsin at a later date. Two of the passengers remain in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), custody in California, and one passenger chose to remain in California citing personal reasons.

There are no more pending transports of Grand Princess cruise ship passengers for the Wisconsin National Guard.

sm200320-F-OB094-013State health officials talk with a group of four Wisconsin citizens who returned to Wisconsin at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wis., late March 20 after a weeks-long ordeal aboard a cruise ship that had confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, as Wisconsin National Guard wait to transport them home. There were originally 38 Wisconsin citizens onboard the ship, 29 of which returned to Wisconsin last week, where the Wisconsin National Guard was waiting to transport them to their homes. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Moll

The four residents that returned today received a welcome-home packet, which included a letter from the governor, information about their 14 days of quarantine, and how to contact their local health department or Wisconsin DHS if they had questions.

Nearly 30 Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard mobilized to state active duty after Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency last Thursday, and they were standing by to transport the residents home after they landed at Volk Field. From there, Guard members transported them home in state vans. The same troops were on hand today to transport the seven returning citizens home. The Soldiers and Airmen involved will self-monitor for 14 days upon the conclusion of their mission.

  


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