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Diamond Princess passengers may be relocated from Travis AFB to Costa Mesa

Posted at 2:25 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 17:29:42-05

Passengers who evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and tested positive for the coronavirus cannot stay at Travis Air Force Base and may instead be transferred to the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, according to the California Health and Human Services Agency.

According to a press release from the California agency, many passengers from the cruise ship are "not sick enough" to be hospitalized, but still must be isolated until the infection has cleared.

"Fairview Developmental Center is one of the possible locations under consideration for this purpose," said the agency.

If the passengers are to stay at the Fairview Developmental Center, the agency says the federal government would be responsible for providing medical care and security.

On Friday night, U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton blocked a plan to move 30 to 50 coronavirus patients from Travis Air Force Base to the Fairview Developmental Center.

Without the federal halt, the relocation would have happened as early as Sunday, officials say.

Officials say there will be a court hearing Monday afternoon at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana to determine whether the patients should be relocated to Costa Mesa.