Almost 100 cruise ship evacuees arrive at San Antonio base, as statewide COVID-19 cases rise


SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — None of the passengers evacuated from the Grand Princess cruise ship showed symptoms of COVID-19 when they arrived Tuesday night in San Antonio to go into quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

That particular update came during a special City Council meeting Wednesday in San Antonio. City leaders also learned that 98 people are now spending two weeks at the base for their mandated quarantine. Of those people, 91 are from Texas.

While all of these passengers are asymptomatic, city leaders said none have officially been tested for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

At least 21 people tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the ship, which docked Monday in California after being forced to idle off the coast for days.

City leaders said another flight carrying up to 120 people could come Wednesday.

They also reported that the city’s Metropolitan Health District can now test up to 500 people for COVID-19. However, the city does not have authority to test any of the cruise ship evacuees because they’re quarantined on federal property.

City leaders stated they will keep having discussions about potentially canceling Fiesta, which is still scheduled to start on April 16.

Meanwhile, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, new coronavirus cases were announced.

Dallas County reported its first COVID-19 patient, Tarrant County reported its first presumptive positive case, and Gregg County in east Texas announced its first case.

Authorities in Gregg County say the patient had traveled within the U.S., but that the case is mild and they are staying at home.

Additionally, two new cases were also confirmed in Collin County, bringing that county’s total cases to three.

Add up the ones in the Houston area, including Montgomery County, and there are at least 20 cases in Texas.

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