JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
A Department of State flight from Japan, carrying U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, arrived at JBSA-Lackland at 3:50 a.m. today.
Upon landing in the United States, passengers deplaned at JBSA-Lackland and will remain under quarantine for 14 days. According to HHS, passengers that developed symptoms in flight and those with positive test results were isolated on the flight and did not remain in San Antonio. They were transported to an appropriate location out of state for continued isolation and care. The plane at JBSA-Lackland departed at 7:00 a.m today.
145 passengers that arrived this morning will remain on the installation under quarantine. This brings the total number of quarantined persons on JBSA-Lackland to 235. None of the passengers currently on the installation have tested positive for COVID-19. If any passenger displays symptoms, they are transported to an off-base hospital for containment and specialized care. CDC is fully responsible for all aspects of the quarantine operation, and DoD personnel will have no contact with these passengers.
Every precaution to ensure proper isolation and community protection measures are being taken. The safety and security of our service members and their families remain our highest priority.
For more information, and the full official statement, click here: https://www.state.gov/joint-statement-by-u-s-department-of-state-and-u-s-department-of-health-and-human-services-on-repatriation-of-american-passengers-from-the-diamond-princess-cruise-ship/?fbclid=IwAR1728bpayw6IlYCm2BVh0Erbrmw7Bbl9rs7egke3jbRtkJWAHQYoZMYjPo