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The federal government announced Saturday that a special facility at the Nav Centre campus in Cornwall will soon become the site of a precautionary quarantine for Canadian passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently docked in Japan. The government will be chartering a flight out of Japan to bring back Canadians who have already been under quarantine for nearly two weeks in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in China.

“We are all concerned with what we are seeing on the news. It is understandable that people might be worried about the potential of the virus being introduced in this community but measures are in place to protect the health and safety of Cornwall and area residents and Canadians who are returning,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). He adds that all quarantined individuals will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before boarding the plane in Japan. Passengers who have fever or respiratory symptoms will remain in Japan for medical care. Only those who have no signs of fever or respiratory symptoms will be allowed to board the chartered flight back to Canada.

Upon their return to Canada, flight passengers will be triaged and screened again at CFB Trenton. Those who have no symptoms during this screening will then be transported to the Nav Centre campus in Cornwall, where they will be screened again. Individuals who do not have symptoms will then spend another 2 weeks in a final precautionary quarantine at a special, isolated facility at the Nav Centre. They will be assessed daily for symptoms throughout the quarantine period.

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