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Camp Ashland will be coronavirus quarantine site for Americans

Posted at 10:51 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 19:10:11-05

ASHLAND, Neb. (KMTV) — Camp Ashland will be used as a temporary quarantine site for Americans returning from China while they're under observation for signs of coronavirus, according to Ashland Fire Department volunteer firefighter Mike Meyer.

Seventy people will be coming in to Camp Ashland for a two-week quarantine over the next few days.

A medical team made up of some local professionals and some from across the country will also be on hand.

Ambulances from Midwest Medical are expected to be at Camp Ashland in case someone tests positive for coronavirus. Medics will then transport the patient to a bio containment unit.

The Nebraska National Guard told KMTV that a team of representatives from the CDC, UNMC and federal officials met over the weekend to assess Camp Ashland and its potential use for housing evacuated Americans.

Camp Ashland has 85 hotel-style rooms available.

According to the Ashland Fire Department, there will be no threat to the general public. Those being quarantined will be housed and kept totally segregated from all staff and daily operations at Camp Ashland.

Quarantine operations won't hinder the level of services provided by the Ashland Fire or Rescue Department.

Under a federal health emergency order issued Friday, U.S. citizens who have traveled within the past two weeks to China's Wuhan area will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of 14 days.

Nebraska has had no confirmed cases of the coronavirus.