Nearly 350 Americans evacuated from China in the midst of the corona virus outbreak were released from two separate quarantine stations on Tuesday.
The first group was isolated at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield and the second was at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
All American citizens were evacuated from Wuhan in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that evacuees are “medically evacuated” and “pose no health risk” to their respective communities.
The health agency noted that a new group of evacuated people arrived on Travis Air Force Base on Sunday after being rescued from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
But officials emphasized that the new group was kept separate from other quarantined groups.
A group of 180 evacuees were released from their quarantine at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California on Tuesday. Pictured: Yanjun Wei (second from the left) and her two young children were reunited with her husband Ken (second from the right) after being quarantined
On the same day, around 165 evacuees were released from quarantine at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station in San Diego. Pictured: Evacuees at Miramar throw revelers into the air
“CDC thanks these people for their cooperation and patience during their quarantine and wishes them all the best when they return home, work and school,” said a health institute statement.
“CDC also thanks the men and women at both bases and their families for their courtesy while they held these guests.”
The 180 evacuees at Travis Air Force Base have been living at the Westwind Inn two weeks ago.
Buses arrived on Tuesday morning with evacuees to Sacramento International Airport or San Francisco International Airport.
Among them were Yanjun Wei and her two young children, Mia and Ronan, who were evacuated to the US after visiting relatives in Wuhan.
They were greeted by Wei’s husband and children’s father, Ken Burnett, who flew from their home in San Diego to Sacramento Airport.
“I’ve been waiting for this day,” said Wei KCRA 3 News.
Bus buses arrived at Miramar Station to transport the nearly 165 evacuees, although to where it was not immediately clear.
One of the Americans, Yu Lin, posted several photos on Twitter to celebrate the end of her quarantine.
She showed tags on one photo, which means she has passed her last health check. In another, she and her fellow evacuees threw their face masks in the air in celebration.
“Many people asked me how I feel, I can only recognize my feeling now,” wrote Lin Tuesday morning.
“It’s like graduation. Bittersweet, happy, nervous, grateful, leaving friends behind, leaving people who took care of us, maybe a little tears … just no hugs. “
An evacuated Miramar posted festive photos of her that passed her last health check before she was released
Both groups were evacuated from Wuhan, considered the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Pictured: A plane arrives with evacuated Americans on February 7 at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego
The release of the two groups comes about a week after the first group of 195 Americans left the March Air Reserve base at the end of their quarantine period.
At the time, officials urged the public not to shun them or the workers who helped them after both groups were confronted with discrimination.
“They don’t need additional tests, they don’t have to be avoided, they don’t have a new corona virus,” said Cameron Kaiser, a public health officer in Riverside County, at a press conference.