Quarantine Ends at Camp Ashland

Young adult man wearing a pollution mask to protect himself from viruses. His friends are in the background.

Here is the press release that just went out from Nebraska Medicine:

Rescued Americans depart Camp Ashland

57 people complete 14-day quarantine

Omaha, Neb – The 57 people who arrived in Nebraska February 7th for coronavirus monitoring and quarantine left the Nebraska National Guard’s Camp Ashland location this morning as their quarantine period came to an end. The 14-day quarantine period, mandated by the CDC, officially came to an end at 9:00 a.m. CST.

By all accounts, their stay in Ashland, outside of Omaha, was uneventful. One person developed minor respiratory symptoms February 14 and was transported to the National Quarantine Unit on the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine campus. After two negative coronavirus tests, this person returned to Camp Ashland for the rest of the quarantine period.

These 57 people were flown to Omaha after being in the Wuhan area of China, where the current coronavirus outbreak is believed to have originated. All 57 are leaving Omaha via Eppley Airfield.

The operation to rescue these Americans from China was a collaborative effort between a number of agencies. UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Douglas County Health Department, Sarpy-Cass County Health Department, Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Three Rivers Health Department and the Nebraska National Guard all worked together on the effort to bring these people home in a time of critical need.

As reported earlier today from KFAB Radio News:

Officials say it's bittersweet. The group has become close, knowing they're all going through this together.

With the quarantine period ending Joe Smith with the Centers for Disease Control says they've been getting the group prepared to ease them back into their everyday lives.

They have counselors on hand to reduce any mental or emotional stress they may be experiencing.

“We have quite a mix, we have more than a dozen under the age of 18 including 2 infants I can't wait to be able to hold before they leave,” Smith told WOWT-6 News. “There’s absolutely zero fear, we started out with 57 healthy people, we're finishing up with 57 people and I wouldn't mind if any of my children sat next to them on an airplane, that’s how confident I am with this process.”

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