CORNWALL — This city’s quarantine facility is set to welcome approximately 130 symptom-free Canadians under quarantine for possible exposure to the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2.
The arrivals were set to be screened at Canadian Forces Base Trenton before being transported to the NAV Centre in Cornwall for an additional two weeks of “precautionary quarantine.”
“Only passengers who do not have any symptoms will be transported” to the Centre, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit says in a Facebook post issued late last night.
The involved individuals were among 255 Canadians stuck aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess in Japan for nearly two weeks after an outbreak of the virus aboard the stricken vessel. Those with symptoms were not allowed to board the plane chartered by the Canadian government and remain in the care of the Japanese health system.
The EOHU says the Centre’s “quarantine facility and federal, provincial and local partners are well-prepared for the arrival of the passengers.”
According to the local health agency, those preparations have included:
• An all-staff meeting was held to brief NAV Centre staff on the repatriation plans, as well as to answer any questions or concerns of staff.
• All-staff briefings will continue to be held daily, with the opportunity to ask questions.
• Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis had a walk-around of the NAV Centre quarantine site on Thursday, to visit and observe final preparations for the arrival and hosting of the passengers.
• A table-top exercise and a full physical rehearsal to prepare for the arrival of quarantine guests was held to ensure a smooth transition process for passengers.
• The onsite medical clinic has been installed and is ready to receive passengers as needed.
• The Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) as well as local EMS will be onsite daily throughout the quarantine period.
The latest figures suggest that COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 2.9 percent.