Local couple quarantined at Miramar Air Base to return home soon

UPDATE: 12:48 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 - Paradise couple, Michele and Steven Smith who were quarantined on the Grand Princess Cruise ship said they’re just a few days from completing their quarantine in San Diego.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 4:12 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 12:53 PM

UPDATE: 12:48 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 - Paradise couple, Michele and Steven Smith who were quarantined on the Grand Princess Cruise ship said they’re just a few days from completing their quarantine in San Diego.

“Still at the consolidated bachelors quarters at Miramar Air Base, and we’re just a couple of days away from being set free,” Steven Smith said.


Michele Smith shared a photo of the mask she and her husband were provided. She expressed concerns about not receiving an N95 mask, for better protection.

The Smiths are now in their thirteenth day of quarantine at the Miramar Air Base in San Diego. Michele posted to her Facebook page that they tested negative for coronavirus.

The CDC decided the couple spend their last day of quarantine at home. But, Michele said they are no airline, car rental, bus or plane would allow them if they did not finish the 14-day quarantine. Counting their time on the ship, by the time they do return home, the Smiths will have spent 19 days in quarantine.

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UPDATE: 12:18 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 - Michele and Steven Smith of Paradise are finally off the Grand Princess Cruise ship that docked Monday in Oakland.

The couple spent seven days quarantined on the cruise ship.

The Smiths were told Tuesday that they would be disembarking and heading to the Travis Air Force Base. But late Tuesday night they got the news they had to stay on the ship and would be sent to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego where they will spend a 14-day quarantine. That base is about 600 miles from home.

The couple said they're frustrated and disappointed, but happy to be off the ship. They said they're healthy and showing no signs of infection.

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Paradise couple Michele and Steven Smith are sharing their concerns about the novel coronavirus exposure while passengers disembark the Grand Princess Cruise Ship.

Michele told Action News Now passengers were told to stay six feet away from each other but, the passengers are standing right next to each other while they are disembarking.

"They have passengers right next to each other while disembarking and when they get on the bus," Michele said. "We desperately want at least N95 masks, especially on the bus."

Michele said passengers have only had 30 minutes of fresh air within six days of being quarantined on the Grand Princess. The couple said they have been told sometime today they should be going to the Travis Air Force Base where they will spend a 14-day quarantine.

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Michele and Steven Smith from Paradise shared the view from the Grand Princess Cruise ship that just docked Monday afternoon in Oakland.

The couple celebrated being allowed outside their rooms and out onto the deck with other passengers. They all wore masks and were told to keep a distance from others.

RELATED: Paradise couple among thousands aboard Grand Princess Cruise Ship awaiting coronavirus results

Michele told Action News Now that they don’t know exactly when they will disembark, if not today, then tomorrow.

She said they’re showing no signs of illness, and that they expect to be taken to Travis Air Force Base to serve out their two-week quarantine before heading home.

The two are among 3,500 people aboard. 21 of those people are infected with the coronavirus.

READ: Cruise ship struck by coronavirus pulls into California port

View the footage Michele Smith shared with Action News Now in the video player above.

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