Update: State confirms 15 Western Nevadans will return home from Grand Princess cruise ship
All 49 Nevadans on the cruise ship Grand Princess will be brought home, Nevada Health officials confirmed on Tuesday.
Included among the Nevadans are 15 Douglas, Lyon and Carson City residents.
Passengers who return home must not have any symptoms of the coronavirus and submit to presumptive tests before they are allowed to board a secure flight back to the Silver State.
Passengers will be required to remain isolated and under supervision of local health authorities for the 14-day isolation period on their return to Nevada.
Local health authorities will arrange secure transportation from the airports to the passengers’ homes. In coordination with local health districts, each passenger will be required to sign a Declaration of Self Quarantine upon arrival, confirming they will physically separate and confine themselves from other people for a period of 14 days. The respective local health authorities will implement secure and isolated ground transportation for passengers that will ensure no exposure to surrounding communities. They will be securely returned to their homes for the mandatory 14-day isolation and monitoring period, under supervision of their local health districts.
Travel from California to Nevada is being managed by the federal government, and is subject to change on short notice. State officials will continue to keep Nevadans updated as we become aware of any significant changes to this plan.
According to local officials residents will be monitored for two weeks as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
There are 49 Nevada residents on the ship that’s circling off the Pacific Coast after a Californian on board during a previous voyage tested positive for coronavirus.
None of the residents are showing any signs of the disease and will remain in their homes on quarantine.
Carson City Health & Human Services, which serves as Douglas County’s health department, said the residents don’t pose a risk to the public.
The immediate risk to the general public is currently low, officials said.
At this time, the general use of facemasks is not recommended. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that facemasks should only be worn by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of disease to others. Health officials will update the public if this changes.
Douglas County officials reminded the public that symptoms are very similar to the flu.
It is flu season and the best way to minimize your risk of getting a respiratory illness, such as the flu, is to follow every day preventive actions such as:
ν Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
ν Stay home when you are sick.
ν Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash.
ν Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. ν Remember to clean your cell phones.
ν Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
ν Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
ν Use a tissue when opening doors or when using a shopping cart, gas pump, escalator or other common objects used by multiple people.
A webpage has been created to keep the public informed. The website also includes fact sheet and information which can be easily printed and distributed.
Visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/ for current information and further updates.