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Grand Princess cruise prepares to disembark, quarantine

Grand Princess cruise ship passengers will begin disembarking Monday after 21 people aboard tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. 

After passengers disembark, they will begin a 14-day quarantine, during which officials will continue monitoring them for coronavirus symptoms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced in a news release Sunday.

Princess Cruises announced early Sunday it had been informed by state and local officials that the cruise, off the coast of California, would be able to dock in the Port of Oakland on Monday, though an exact time was not available, cruise line public relations director Negin Kamali told USA TODAY. 

Guests who “require acute medical treatment and hospitalization” will be first to disembark. Kamali said it was “unclear” if other passengers would also be allowed off the ship Monday, or if they would have to wait further. 

“California residents will go to a federally operated facility within California for testing and isolation, while non-Californians will be transported by the federal government to facilities in other states,” read a statement provided by Kamali. “Crew will be quarantined and treated aboard the ship.”

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