Governor issues statement about coronavirus quarantine center in Alabama

Gov. Kay Ivey said the announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was sent prematurely.

Posted: Feb 22, 2020 7:02 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2020 8:16 AM

UPDATE: On Sunday morning, Gov. Kay Ivey issued the following statement about the FEMA Center in Anniston, Alabama. 

"Late Friday night, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) informed me about their proposal to transport Americans who have tested positive with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Diamond Princess cruise ship to a FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston. Sensing the urgency, I quickly informed the offices of Senators Richard Shelby and Doug Jones and Congressman Mike Rogers, as well as Dr. Scott Harris with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

"On Saturday, it appears that a press release from HHS was inadvertently, and perhaps prematurely, sent notifying the State of Alabama that these individuals were scheduled to begin transporting to Alabama as early as Wednesday.

"Obviously concerned, there were a number of conversations between HHS, the White House, my staff and me, as well as two rounds of conference calls including the senior staff of the Congressional Delegation to try to clarify HHS’ intent and reasoning for selecting Alabama. On one of the calls, they informed us that the CDP in Anniston is only being considered as a “back-up” plan, in case they run out of alternative locations. They assured us on both calls that no decision had been made to send anyone to Anniston.

"I made it abundantly clear that while the State of Alabama wants to work closely with the Trump Administration to assist fellow Americans who may have tested positive for the Coronavirus, there were some grave concerns about why the site in Anniston was chosen and how, logistically, this would play out in the event this back-up site were to be eventually activated.

"First and foremost, my priority is to protect the people of Alabama. 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.

"I am grateful to Senator Shelby and his team for coordinating today’s effort to send officials from HHS to Alabama to provide further clarity to this situation. I also appreciate Congressman Rogers for speaking with the President and informing him of the concern of the people of Alabama. Through these coordinated efforts, we will begin a process that will be transparent, and hopefully find a solution of which we are united and comfortable with."

PREVIOUS STORY: A Federal Emergency Management Agency Center in Anniston, Alabama will be used as a quarantine center for passengers of the Diamond Princess Ship who may be infected with the coronavirus, Covid-19. 

Saturday afternoon, officials from Anniston and Calhoun County gave a briefing on what they have learned from the federal government. They said they were not given much of a heads up. 

The Center For Domestic Preparedness or CDP is about 50 miles south of Boaz in Calhoun County. 

According to Anniston Mayor Jack Draper, the decision to move passengers to the CDP was a joint decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency or 'FEMA'. 

He said they were told that those brought to the facility will not be showing symptoms. The CDP will be providing housing for those people who arrive. 

Calhoun County Commissioner Tim Hodges said they are exploring their options now. 

"Whether this happens or not, or we can stop it or not, it can't happen this quick," Hodges said. "I mean, you do something over the weekend, nobody's working and people are hard to get in touch with, a lot of officials are out of town, you can't just say this is what's going to happen."

Hodges said they spoke with Congressman Mike Rogers' office and said he opposes the move as well. He added that they are also consulting with the congressional delegations and their attorneys to see if they have any power to stop the decision. 

There are not passengers in Anniston as of now. 

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