Thirty-nine Coloradans are returning home Friday after being held in federal quarantine following a cruise in which 20 people aboard the ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The 39 passengers of the Grand Princess cruise ship have been under U.S. Department of Health and Human Services quarantine since their ship docked in California on March 9. They were set to land at Denver International Airport on Friday afternoon via chartered plane and will be whisked away to their homes around the metro area to finish their self-quarantine.
None of the returning passengers are showing symptoms of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory illness caused by the virus, state health officials said in a news release.
Two more Coloradans who have been quarantined out of state will fly in from Georgia at a later time, while two others are still symptomatic of the virus and will remain at Travis Air Force Base in California.
Coloradans aboard the Grand Princess have expressed irritation at the delay in getting home, as passengers from different states were being allowed to return in recent days.
The ship was initially barred from docking in California as reports came out about illness on the ship. California Gov. Gavin Newsom eventually assured the public that none of the passengers from the cruise ship would be released into the public before undergoing a 14-day quarantine.
Several Colorado residents aboard other cruise ships and those who traveled abroad are still attempting to make their way home.
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