President Donald Trump – along with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Senator Richard Shelby and Representative Mike Rogers all said Sunday that the plan to bring Coronavirus patients to Anniston, Alabama has been cancelled.
At around 2:00pm Senator Shelby tweeted he had been informed by the president evacuees from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship will not be coming to the Anniston-based Center for Domestic Preparedness; the information was backed up by tweets from both Governor Ivey and Representative Rogers shortly thereafter. The Department of Health & Human Services had announced Saturday that it was bringing American evacuees to the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston – they were being evacuated from a cruise ship which had docked in Japan during an outbreak of Coronavirus – the evacuees tested positive for COVID-19, which the disease caused by the virus, but are either asymptomatic or have mild flu-like symptoms.
The announcement set off a wave of protests and threats of suits from local officials.
Representative Mike Rogers, during a series of Saturday night tweets sent a few hours after the plan was announced stated that he spoke with the president saying “He agreed with me that the decision by the Department of Health & Human Services to house those Americans exposed to Coronavirus at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston is the wrong decision,” he went on to say “President Trump had no advance notice and these individuals were brought to the continental United States without his consent,” adding “I’ll continue to work with President Trump and Health & Human Services to find the best facilities that will meet the needs for the Americans who have been exposed to this dangerous virus, however the CDP is not that place.”
Coronavirus evacuees are currently being housed at military bases located in California, Colorado and Texas.
(Information provided in part by AL.COM/www.al.com)