UPDATE: Four Wisconsin residents that boarded the Grand Princess cruise ship arrived in Wisconsin on Saturday night

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Medical personnel help load passengers onto buses as they are disembarked from the Grand Princess cruise ship at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California on March 10, 2020. – The first passengers were taken ashore from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship that docked at California’s port of Oakland on March 9, 2020, with the infected “being dealt with in proper isolation,” said US Vice President Mike Pence. The Grand Princess arrived in the San Francisco Bay after days stranded at sea with 21 confirmed coronavirus infections among more than 3,500 passengers and crew. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP) (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

MADISON (WFRV) — Governer Tony Evers announced on Sunday that late Saturday night the four Wisconsin residents who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship that had docked in the Port of Oakland, California last week arrived in Wisconsin.

The Office of the Governor says the Wisconsin National Guard personnel were waiting to take them back to their homes for self-quarantine.

According to the Office of the Governor, the cruise ship had confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board.

The Office of the Governor says each passenger will follow the Center for Disease Control and Wisconsin Department of Health Services protocols and continue to self-quarantine for the requisite 14-day period after landing at the National Guard’s Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin.

There were originally 38 Wisconsin citizens aboard the ship, all of whom have not tested positive for COVID-19 according to the Office of the Governor.

A first group of 29 returned to Wisconsin late March 15 after a weeks-long ordeal aboard the ship, which had more than 3,500 onboard and 21 total cases of COVID-19.

According to the Office of the Governor, two of the original 38 Wisconsin passengers chose to remain in quarantine in Texas under the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), citing personal reasons.

The remaining three passengers remain in California and will return back to Wisconsin at a later date. Two of the passengers remain in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), custody in California, and one passenger chose to remain in California citing personal reasons.

There are no more pending transports of Grand Princess cruise ship passengers for the Wisconsin National Guard.

The four residents that returned on Sunday received a welcome-home packet, which included a letter from the governor, information about their 14 days of quarantine, and how to contact their local health department or Wisconsin DHS if they had questions.

According to the Office of the Governor, nearly 30 Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard took the residents home after they landed at Volk Field. From there, Guard members took them home in state vans. The same troops were on hand today to take the seven returning residents’ home.

Officials say the Soldiers and Airmen involved will self-monitor for 14 days upon the conclusion of their mission.

Original Story: 29 Wisconsin residents aboard the Grand Princess have returned home, 2 remain in quarantine
Monday 3/16/2020 10:08 a.m.

Twenty-nine Wisconsin residents who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship that docked at the Port of Oakland in California last week were safely transported back to Wisconsin late Sunday night, where Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard were waiting to transport them back to their homes for self-quarantine.

According to Governor Evers, at 4:18 Monday morning, the 29 Wisconsin passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship were safely returned to their homes. Two passengers chose to remain in quarantine in Texas under the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), citing personal reasons. State officials continue to work with HHS to return home the seven Wisconsin passengers who remain in HHS custody in California. The National Guard troops were given hotel rooms at their final destinations.

Gov. Tony Evers announced in a March 12 press conference that Wisconsin was working to bring the cruise ship passengers home after a weeks-long ordeal due to confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus aboard the ship. As of Monday, none of the returning Wisconsin citizens have tested positive for COVID-19 and all are asymptomatic, but the residents will follow Center for Disease Control and Wisconsin Department of Health Services protocols and continue to self-quarantine for the requisite 14-day period.

“We’re glad to finally have our folks back home in Wisconsin,” Gov. Evers said. “These individuals have gone through a harrowing experience full of uncertainty and fear over the past several weeks. But as I’ve said repeatedly, here in Wisconsin, we take care of one another. I am incredibly grateful to Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin National Guard, and our entire state government for the hard work they’ve put in to ensure we bring our people home safely and ensure the safety of our communities.”

More than 3,500 people were on board the Grand Princess which had 21 total cases of COVID-19.

The return, although delayed in arriving, went smoothly. Adjutant General Paul Knapp spoke and welcomed our residents home on behalf of Gov. Evers. Residents received a welcome-home packet, which included a letter from the governor, information about their 14 days of quarantine, and how to contact their local health department or Wisconsin DHS if they had questions.

Nearly 30 Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard mobilized to state active duty after the governor declared a public health emergency Thursday, and they were standing by to transport the residents home after they landed at the National Guard’s Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin. From there, Guard members transported them home in state vans. The Soldiers and Airmen involved will self-monitor for 14 days upon the conclusion of their mission.

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