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Coronavirus: City officials received early morning calls

Officials had been briefed on the possibility of evacuee planes
Posted at 6:30 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 19:30:27-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Unlike the last plane to arrive to Omaha with patients to be quarantined, two planes carrying people that were on a cruise ship near Japan arrived on relatively short notice.

As planes carrying coronavirus evacuees arrived before 9 a.m. this morning, several sources couldn't tell 3 News Now much about what was going on.

But the short-notice operation ran smoothly, Nebraska Medicine and UNMC representatives said at an afternoon press conference Monday. The team received a phone call at about 2 a.m., and shortly after a transportation logistics call occurred. Those involved were briefed earlier about the possibility.

"We have practiced and trained for this, we actually train others across the U.S. and internationally," Nebraska Medicine's Shelly Schwedhelm said.

The Nebraska State Patrol and U.S. Marshals each helped transport the individuals to the Nebraska Medicine and UNMC campus.

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