Nav Center set up as COVID-19 quarantine site; ‘frustrating’ situation, mayor says

CORNWALL – Nav Center in Cornwall is being set up as a quarantine site for people showing no symptoms of coronavirus, evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan.

With 300 confirmed cases, the cruise ship docked on Yokohama for nearly two weeks, has been the biggest pocket of COVID-19 outside of China.

On Saturday, the Canadian government chartered a plane to pick up passengers, which will fly to CFB Trenton. No date has been given for the flight.

After they are assessed in Canada, people not showing symptoms of COVID-19, will be transferred to the Nav Center on Montreal Road in Cornwall where they will undergo a 14 day quarantine.

“I have been spending the last several hours reaching out to try and get as much information as possible,” Mayor Bernadette Clement said in a Facebook video posted early Sunday morning.

The mayor says she’s been in touch with the city’s senior administration, Nav Center management, MP Eric Duncan and the federal government.

Clement plans to have a meeting with Nav Center management today (Sunday).

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis is planning a site visit to the conference center on Montreal Road, the mayor said. She plans to join Roumeliotis.

Clement says it’s “frustrating” that she doesn’t have more information from federal officials for local residents. “I really don’t have as much detail as I would like to have at this time, not at all.”

People showing symptoms of coronavirus will stay with the ship and being treated by Japanese health authorities.