June and Len Brooks knew they’ve been taking a calculated menace, their son said.
When they embarked on a cruise to Hawaii on Feb. 21, a fast-spreading coronavirus was sweeping all through China. But it hadn’t however gained a significant foothold exterior of Asia.
Then additional cases started cropping up — in France, Italy, Germany, Iran, the United States and totally different areas. And the Brookses are among the many many 3,500 people who have not been allowed to go away the Grand Princess cruise ship since a contaminated passenger died.
Monday morning, Lee Brooks, a lawyer who lives in Kennesaw, said his parents most likely may very well be heading to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, probably as early as Tuesday. But they’re most likely not there very lengthy. Officials have indicated passengers who bear and transfer to display screen and current no indicators of COVID-19, will most likely be prepared quarantine on the home.
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Federal well-being officers will first show display screen the passengers on the port in Oakland, Calif. Officials said solely these displaying no indicators will most likely be transferred to Dobbins, Travis Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California or Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas.
Of the undisclosed number of Grand Princess passengers coming to Dobbins, 34 are Georgians, primarily based on state officers.
Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia’s public well-being commissioner, said they lastly will most likely be transported to their homes to begin out a 14-day quarantine interval. Those from totally different states, too, will most likely be allowed to quarantine on the home, as quickly as they bear screening and are clear, primarily based on officers.
“This both ensures the safety of the public but also gives them the comfort and support of being at home,” said Toomey.
As of Friday, 21 people on the cruise ship had examined optimistic for the an infection, Vice President Mike Pence said all through a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing. Of these, 19 are crew members of the ship and two are passengers.
Lee Brooks said his parents — retired attorneys of their 60s, who reside in of Cullman, Alabama — are in good spirits and are taking the quarantine in stride. He said he doesn’t suppose they have been examined however for the virus, and neither is experiencing any indicators.
“They are treating it like another adventure,” he said.
Most people who get COVID-19 experience solely delicate indicators. Older adults face the subsequent menace for excessive indicators and issues, along with pneumonia.
Lee Brooks said the cruise ship crew has been delivering meals to his parents’ room. The crew moreover launched them a deck of taking part in playing cards and a sewing craft gear to help transfer the time.
He said his parents have been watching a wide range of movies, along with “Knives Out” and “Jumanji.” But, as their quarantine continues, his parents seem like working out of alternatives.
“I was shocked my dad watched ‘Frozen 2,’ especially without his granddaughter. But one does what one must do,” said Brooks.
Brooks said he and his dad or mum are optimistic and hoping for the right. “And even if they do get it, it doesn’t sound like it’s a doomsday situation.”
Lee Brooks said his parents found Sunday night time they’ll be refunded for the value of the cruise and acquire credit score rating for a free cruise ultimately.
He said his parents have been happy to acquire the knowledge and might most likely gladly accept.
Meanwhile, state officers have been moreover getting Hard Labor Creek State Park in Morgan County ready to be used as a location to isolate and monitor totally different victims uncovered to the coronavirus, Gov. Brian Kemp launched Monday.
Seven emergency trailers have been launched in and prepare in a cul-de-sac, with a technique in and methodology out, and no public entry, said Homer Bryson, director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. Georgia’s Department of Public Safety will current security on the web site, 50 miles east of Atlanta.