Walz: 32 Minnesotans on Grand Princess now returned home

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Nearly three dozen Minnesotans who have been quarantined after they were on the Grand Princess cruise ship where more than a dozen people tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month have now returned home.

Gov. Tim Walz announced the news Wednesday afternoon at a press conference.

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According to Walz, 32 Minnesotans landed in Minnesota at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and were met on the tarmac by Metro Transit workers who took them to their homes where they are now self-quarantining.

More than 40 Minnesotans were among the more than 3,500 people aboard the Grand Princess cruise line that was heading from San Francisco to Hawaii and Mexico in early March when at least 21 people on the ship tested positive for COVID-19. After circling in the Pacific Ocean, it docked in Oakland, California. The passengers aboard were then taken by bus and then on a government plane to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, to be quarantined.

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Walz said officials are still working to get 10 remaining Minnesotans home, one of whom chose to stay with a spouse who was admitted to a hospital for an unrelated situation.

The move to get them home was coordinated by the federal government, according to Walz, but no other details were provided.