Maryland National Guard welcomes home passengers quarantined on Grand Princess cruise ship

Maryland National Guard Transports Citizens During COVID-19 Pandemic
Posted at 9:44 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 09:55:05-04

BALTIMORE — Nine Maryland residents quarantined from the Grand Princess cruise ship that was docked in California have arrived home.

On Tuesday, eight Airmen with the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing, and medical specialists transported the passengers to their homes.

The Airmen also brought food and essential supplies to allow the passengers to self-quarantine for at least two weeks.

“This is just another example of Marylanders helping their fellow Marylanders throughout this crisis situation,” said Army Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Gowen, the adjutant general for Maryland. “The Maryland National Guard is
here to help our neighbors wherever and however we can.”

The passengers were transported to a variety of locations across Maryland and provided with contact information should they require additional supplies or show symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

Governor Hogan activated the Maryland National Guard on March 12. This week, 1,000 Maryland National Guard members are reporting to their units to support the citizens of Maryland. Another 1,200 members will be in a state
of enhanced readiness.