Calhoun County Commission holds press conference concerning Coronavirus quarantine center


ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — The city of Anniston, along with the Calhoun County Commission will have a news conference at 4 p.m., Saturday at Anniston City Hall.

The news conference is being held in response to the release from the Department of Health and Human Resources concerning the Coronavirus.

The Calhoun County Commission and the city of Anniston said they were notified about the use of the FEMA Center for a Coronavirus quarantine Saturday morning.

“We were not really called and asked for permission,” Tim Hodges, Chairman of the Calhoun County Commission, said. “They were simply letting us know what their plans would be.”

City officials in Anniston said they have been bombarded with phone calls and emails from the public since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston will be used as a place for some of the American passengers from the cruise ship in Japan.

As of Saturday afternoon, Hodges said no one from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has been transported to the FEMA Center in Anniston.

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