Neb National Guard Camp Serving As Coronavirus Quarantine Site

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -Nebraska has been picked as one of the country’s four coronavirus quarantine sites for Americans returning from China. The first evacuees should fly into Omaha’s Eppley Airfield today.

Officials say the planes will park at a remote site at the airport with the passengers skipping the terminal and being taken directly to Camp Ashland, the Nebraska National Guard training base about 32-miles southwest of the airport.

Nebraska National Guard officials say soldiers have been preparing to house evacuees in 3 buildings with 85 hotel-style rooms at Camp Ashland.

The federal Centers For Disease Control says Americans returning from China’s Hubei province, the center of the outbreak, are subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine. After the 14 days, people will be free to go back home.

Meanwhile, the Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services is asking any Nebraska travelers who left China within the last two weeks to contact their local health department for guidance and the next steps they should take. For this region, that’s the Panhandle Public Health District.

Officials say informing the local health department of recent travel history to China is the most direct way to ensure timely medical care if needed and to minimize the potential risk to others.

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