Federal and State Partners Provide Update on Grand Princess Cruise Ship Debarkation

OAKLAND – The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services provided the following update on progress towards the safe return of individuals from the Grand Princess Cruise ship.  
 
The fourth day of disembarkation saw an additional 480 individuals who were able to safely and methodically disembark from the vessel. All American passengers have now disembarked from the Grand Princess.  The following reflects the count as of 8:30 p.m. PDT on March 12: 
 
480 total individuals were disembarked from the ship on March 12, 2020:
  • 218 individuals were transported via chartered flight to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, California
  • 251 individuals were transported via charted flight to Dobbins Air Reserve base near Marietta, Georgia
  • 11 individuals were transported for care.
Today’s announcement builds upon previous efforts to disembark 407 individuals from the ship on March 9, 1,048 individuals on March 10 and 511 individuals on March 11. In total, 2,446 individuals have been safely brought ashore during this operation.
 
For more information on the health and safety measures being taken to protect first responders, the public and the surrounding community, please see Monday’s announcement.
 
Following the completion of the mission, the Grand Princess Cruise Ship will be moved from the Port of Oakland and temporarily anchored in San Francisco Bay while additional crew disembark for chartered flights. 
 
Upon the ship’s departure, the Port of Oakland site will be fully remediated and decontaminated by immediately removing temporary structures and pressure washing the entire site with a bleach solution to disinfect it.
 
 
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Bryan May

Bryan May is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

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