Fifteen cruise ship passengers quarantined at Marietta hotel

All tested positive for coronavirus but are now asymptomatic

Fifteen Grand Princess cruise ship passengers who have tested positive for the new coronavirus have been moved from Dobbins Air Reserve Base to a former Radisson Hotel the federal government is leasing in Marietta, U.S. Health and Human Services confirmed Tuesday.

The federal agency declined to identify the states where the passengers are from but said they are asymptomatic and will remain at the former hotel at 1775 Parkway Place until they meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for “removal from quarantine.”

“The former Radisson Hotel will be used for passengers who need a place to be isolated, but not hospitalized,” HHS said. “Throughout the quarantine, these individuals will continue to be monitored. Federal security service will be provided for the property.”

As of Monday, there were still 197 Grand Princess cruise ship passengers from 23 states who were being quarantined at Dobbins, according to HHS. Earlier this month, Vice President Mike Pence said 21 people aboard the cruise ship tested positive for the COVID-19 infection, including 19 crewmembers and two passengers.

AJC staff writer Kristal Dixon contributed reporting.