Here is my latest update on the Grand Princess operation underway at the Port of Oakland.
As of Friday, March 13, 2020, all American passengers have been taken off the ship and placed in secure quarantine locations on several military bases or two non-military locations (Asilomar State Park in Monterey County and a hotel in San Carlos that’s being used exclusively for quarantine purposes with no interaction with the general public). As I previously shared, a few passengers were admitted to regional hospitals earlier this week.
The Grand Princess operation in Oakland is now entering the final phase.
As of this morning, 1963 people have been disembarked. All Californians are now off the ship! An additional 511 people were taken off the ship yesterday. State officials believe another 476 will be assisted off the ship by end of the day today. This will conclude the more challenging part of the operation. The vast majority of the crew will remain quarantined on the ship.
I want to provide the community with an update regarding the arrival of the Grand Princess to the Port of Oakland sometime tomorrow (Monday, March 9) and the disembarkation plan— which from my perspective has been done with considerable deliberation, consultation among federal, state, and local leaders and health officials, is well-designed, and is driven by values of public safety, public health, compassion, and humanity.