ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) – The 57 Americans who’ve been held in quarantine at a Nebraska National Guard camp are preparing to leave Thursday and are in good health, a federal health official said.
They landed at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield on Feb. 7, having flown from the Wuhan region of China, the center of the COVID-19 outbreak.
They soon were bused to Camp Ashland southwest of Omaha, where they’ve been biding their time with daily health checks, staying in hotel-style rooms and having no contact with soldiers in training there. The evacuees include more than a dozen children.
One of the 57 who developed a cough about a week later was tested for COVID-19 at a special isolation unit on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in Omaha. It came back negative, and she returned to the camp.
“The really important thing to know is that these people pose no health threat to their communities. These Americans have done their duty 14 days and they’re getting to go back to their families,” said Doctor Eric Kasowski of the Centers for Disease Control.
Thirteen more evacuees who flew in Monday are being held in quarantine or biocontainment units at the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus.