Quarantined cruise passengers depart from Nav Centre

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By Shawna O'Neill
Quarantined cruise passengers depart from Nav Centre
Stock photo of the main entrance of the Nav Centre (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – After two weeks in quarantine at the Nav Centre, 129 Canadians began the much anticipated journey to their homes during the morning of Friday, March 6.

According to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), as of March 5, no passengers had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“The standard incubation period for COVID-19 is three to five days, and these passengers have now been through two separate 14-day quarantines, with repeated health assessments over the last month. So we are very confident that they are healthy and can safely return to their usual activities at home and in the community without any risk to the public,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Heath at EOHU. He added that this includes taking taxis, using public transportation, going to the movies or other activities.

The passengers were on board the Diamond Princess Cruise which had been quarantined in Yokohama, Japan due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. They were repatriated and arrived in our city on Friday, Feb. 21.

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Around 7 a.m., one Toronto couple in quarantine (CabinE207PrincessCruise on Twitter) posted photos of snacks for their trip home and the following statement on social media: Bye Cornwall! Our stay here at the NAV Centre has been great but it’s time for us to get home! Thank you Cornwall for hosting us & everyone for making this leg of the quarantine more enjoyable! We’re just waiting for the nurse to come by for the final check before we can board!

“The time has come to bid you farewell as your stay at the Nav Centre comes to an end,” read a statement given to passengers by Mayor Bernadette Clement. “We understand completely that this must be a very happy moment for you. You found yourselves in very difficult circumstances that were definitely not of your own making. On behalf of the people of Cornwall, I invite you to come back to experience all our beautiful city has to offer. In the meantime, we hope that you travel home safely and are able to rest and recover from this experience with your loved ones and in the comfort of your own home…”

More information on this story will be released as it becomes available.

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