Governor Ivey mentioned that the Department of Health and Human Services final week had “inadvertently” publicized the proposal to move an unspecified variety of American passengers to the Federal Emergency Management Agency facility in Anniston, Ala., as early as Wednesday. She mentioned the Anniston middle is definitely being thought of as a again up.
“There were some grave concerns about why the site in Anniston was chosen and how, logistically, this would play out in the event this backup site were to be eventually activated,” Governor Ivey mentioned. “While locating these folks in Alabama is currently a backup plan, this is a serious issue and we need to be fully aware of the facts regarding the potential of housing them in Anniston.”
Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama mentioned in a tweet on Sunday that President Trump had informed him that “his administration will not be sending any victims of the Coronavirus from the Diamond Princess cruise ship to Anniston, Alabama.”
The alternate got here as officers scrambled to observe hundreds of individuals coming back from China. It underscored the apprehension amongst some about the place Americans who’ve examined constructive for the coronavirus can be taken. The metropolis of Costa Mesa, Calif., has gone to court docket to dam state and federal officers, a minimum of briefly, from putting dozens of individuals evacuated from Asia in a state-owned residential facility of their neighborhood. Mr. Trump was upset that passengers with coronavirus have been introduced again to the United States, in keeping with administration officers.
Reporting was contributed by Choe Sang-Hun, Elisabetta Povoledo, Austin Ramzy, Motoko Rich, Makiko Inoue, Salman Masood, Mujib Mashal, Isabel Kershner, Tiffany May, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Tess Felder, Amy Harmon, Farah Stockman, Edward Wong, Vivian Wang, Mihir Zaveri, Katrin Bennhold and Constant Méheut.