Feb 05, 2020 5:29 PM

Omaha a landing spot for some coronavirus evacuees

Posted Feb 05, 2020 5:29 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - One or more planes carrying American evacuees from the growing coronavirus outbreak in China will be landing in Omaha, federal officials said Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said planes also will arrive at military bases in California and Texas, and all the passengers will be screened by federal personnel for symptoms. Americans returning from China's Hubei province, the center of the outbreak, will be subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

It's unclear where the passengers headed to Omaha's Eppley Airfield will be coming from in China and where they will end up going if quarantined. Nebraska National Guard officials have been preparing to house some in three buildings with 85 hotel-style rooms at Camp Ashland, a guard training base about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of the airport.

The guard has been working with Nebraska Medical Center officials.

"We have been asked to prepare to support this effort, and we're ready if needed," Taylor Wilson, a medical center spokesman, told the Omaha World-Herald on Monday.

On Wednesday, Wilson declined to answer questions about will happen to the evacuees who land in Omaha, assuming they don't require immediate medical attention.