State officials did not identify the area of the park where the patients could be located.
Kemp outlined plans for the park a day after announcing 34 Georgians and other passengers from the Grand Princes cruise ship will be transported to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta for testing and quarantining for possible exposure to COVID-19. They are expected to arrive late Monday or early Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked the Defense Department to identify lodging near 12 U.S. airports that could serve as “observational support bases” in case Grand Prince passengers need to be quarantined before heading to their final destinations, said First Lt. Alan Abernethy, a spokesman for the 94th Airlift Wing at Dobbins.
Federal health officials will screen the passengers at the port, and only patients showing no symptoms will be transferred to the military bases, he said. Nearly 1,000 California residents who are passengers on the ship will likely undergo a mandatory quarantine at Travis Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, while others will go to Dobbins or Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas.
“The final list of (Defense Department) locations and the numbers of passengers at each base are still being worked,” he said, “and we will update this information as soon as the details are finalized.”
Abernethy referred other questions to HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Neither agency has responded to multiple requests for comment.