San Carlos Hotel Will Become Quarantine Site For Cruise Passengers

Fairfield Inn and Suites in San Carlos will host Grand Princess passengers for 14-day quarantine
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Some passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship will soon be quarantined at a hotel in San Carlos.

The Fairfield Inn and Suites is a 120-room hotel that sits just off of Highway 101 and the San Carlos Airport

Passengers heading to the hotel have undergone medical screenings and show only mild or no symptoms. State officials say they will be tested and continuously monitored for the virus.

As of Wednesday morning the hotel has been entirely fenced off to the public with several ambulances waiting outside and a strong law enforcement presence including U.S. Marshalls, deputies with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol. 

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and other state agencies are managing operations at the hotel, with support from the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

"We have been assured by federal and state authorities that the individuals now temporarily housed in San Carlos pose no health or safety risks to our residents or visitors," said San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy in a statement. "They are now in a controlled environment managed and protected by the federal government.”

"We have a humanitarian responsibility to assist during this health crisis,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley who represents San Carlos. “These passengers have to go someplace. We will do everything we can to help and protect our citizenry from exposure.”

More than 650 other passengers from the cruise ship, which docked at the Port of Oakland on Monday, have gone to the Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego for 14-day quarantines.

While none of the passengers heading to San Carlos have been confirmed to have the virus, there are 15 other cases in San Mateo County.