Cruise Bruise News Wednesday Wow – February 19 2020

United States Quarantine Stations
United States Quarantine Stations

Cruise Bruise News Wednesday Wow – Premier Edition

If you think federal government Japanese detention centers are a thing of the past, think again. The federal government is detaining cruise ship passengers returning from cruises to Japan and it is a painful reminder of World War II internment camps where Americans were held captive just because they ‘might’ be a threat to national security.

National Day of Remembrance

A National Day of Remembrance (see video below) is held every year on February 19, reminding the Japanese how they were discriminated against due to their ‘apparent’ nation of origin, though some who appeared as Japanese, were actually Americans.  More than 127,000 Japanese-American citizens were imprisoned at internment camps in the United States. Their only crime was that they had Japanese ancestry and they were ‘suspected’ of being loyal to their homeland of Japan.

Once again the Japanese are being held captive at government detainment camps.  Homeland Security’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) camps are for COVID-19 coronavirus cases.   COVID-19 coronavirus cases aboard Diamond Princess, have been labeled,  “a perfect virus incubator“.

The Public Health Mission of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine [DGMQ] is “To reduce morbidity and mortality among immigrants, refugees, travelers, expatriates, and other globally mobile populations, and to prevent the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases through regulation, science, research, preparedness, and response.”

Diamond Princess Passenger Travel Restriction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new travel restrictions for the Diamond Princess’s passengers and crew on Tuesday.  After leaving the ship, all passengers and crew will be required to wait an additional 14 days before returning to the United States. Should an individual from the cruise arrive in the U.S. earlier than that, they’ll be subject to mandatory quarantine until they’ve gone 14 days without exhibiting symptoms or, conversely, test positive. Passengers were provided with a certificate stating their negative test results and the completion of the quarantine.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said the original idea to keep people safely quarantined on the ship wasn’t unreasonable. But even with the quarantine process on the ship, virus transmission still occurred. The total infected on the cruise ship rose to 621.

Those disembarking with negative virus tests have fulfilled the Japanese quarantine requirement and are free to walk out and go home on public transportation, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said Wednesday.

Wednesday, Holland America announced that all other passengers had tested negative for COVID-19 and were free to travel home.  Comedian Frank King working aboard Diamond Princess learned he’s been fired from the cruise line for leaving quarantine. “You know it’s not my fault, I was cleared by the CDC twice, it’s not like I committed some horrible turpitude, I just dodged a bullet,” King said.

U.S. Quarantine Stations (DGMQ)

U.S. DGMQ Stations are part of a comprehensive system that serves to limit the introduction and spread of contagious diseases in the United States. They are located at 20 ports of entry and land-border crossings where most international travelers arrive. DGMQ currently staffs 18 of CDC’s 20 quarantine stations:

  • Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, El Paso (aka Mexican Unit), Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, Washington DC.

The DGMQ camps are staffed with medical and public health officers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and managed by CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. These health officers decide whether ill persons can enter the United States and what measures should be taken to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.

Brief U.S. Quarantine History
  • 1799 The first quarantine station and hospital in America was built in 1799 at the port of Philadelphia after a yellow fever outbreak in 1793.
  • 1878 The National Quarantine Act was passed in 1878, shifting quarantine powers from state to federal government.
  • 1944 The Public Health Service Act formed the federal government’s quarantine authority in 1944.
  • 1967 CDC (National Communicable Disease Center) took over federal quarantine functions in 1967.
  • 1970s CDC reduced the number of quarantine stations from 55 to 8 because infectious diseases were thought to be a thing of the past.
  • 2004–2007 Number of quarantine stations increased to 20 because of concerns about bioterrorism after World Trade Center attack in 2001 and worldwide spread of disease after the SARS outbreak in 2003.

Japanese Internment Camps

Japanese internment camps were established during World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt through his Executive Order 9066,  issued on February 19, 1942, which allowed regional military commanders to designate “military areas” from which “any or all persons may be excluded. Although the executive order did not mention Japanese Americans, this authority was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were required to leave Alaska and the military exclusion zones from all of California and parts of Oregon, Washington, and Arizona, except for those in government camps.

Approximately 5,000 Japanese Americans relocated outside the exclusion zone before March 1942, while some 5,500 community leaders had been arrested immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack and thus were already in custody. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens.

Japanese internment camps were used for four years, ending on March 20, 1946.

Day of Remembrance

February 19th is a significant date for the Japanese American community. On this day in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the U.S. Army the authority to remove civilians from the military zones established in Washington, Oregon, and California during WWII.

Passenger Pleads Guilty July 25, 2017 Cruise Ship Murder

On Friday, February 7, 2020, Kenneth Manzanares pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree to the brutal cruise ship murder of his wife Kristy Manzanares. U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that Kenneth Ray Manzanares, 42, of Santa Clara, Utah, pleaded guilty to one count of murder in the second degree for the July 2017 killing of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, onboard the cruise ship Emerald Princess in the U.S. Territorial Waters outside Southeast Alaska.

Kristy Manzanares, 39, a real estate agent from St. George, Utah was sailing aboard Princess Cruises cruise ship Emerald Princess in Alaska on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.   Manzanares who was a mother of three children was cruising with her husband Kenneth Manzanares. Kenneth Manzanares was arrested when Emerald Princess arrived in Juneau.

“According to court documents, beginning on July 24, 2017, Kenneth Manzanares, Kristy Manzanares, and Kristy’s family members were aboard the Emerald Princess on an Alaskan Cruise. On July 25, 2017, the cruise ship traveled to Juneau on the outside waters of the Alaskan coast within the special maritime and territorial waters of the United States.  That same day, at approximately 8:50 p.m., Kenneth and Kristy Manzanares were inside their cabin, along with a minor child and their daughter.

According to admissions made in connection with the plea, Kenneth and Kristy Manzanares became involved in a verbal argument about Kenneth’s behavior that evening, and, during the discussion, Kristy stated she wanted a divorce and told him to disembark the vessel at Juneau in order for him to travel back home to Utah.  Kenneth Manzanares told the minor child and their daughter to leave the room; both went into an adjoining relatives’ cabin.  A few minutes later, they both heard Kristy Manzanares scream and attempted to reenter the cabin using their room’s adjoining door when Kenneth told them “don’t come in here.” They both went to the connected balcony and observed Kenneth Manzanares straddling Kristy Manzanares on the floor, and striking her in the head with closed fists.”

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess set sentencing on May 28, 2020.

Dubuque Iowa City Council Approves Cruise Dock

The Dubuque City Council has approved an agreement to split with Viking Cruises the nearly $1.8 million cost of building a dock so Mississippi River cruise ships can stop and let off passengers to explore the city and the area. The new Iowa cruise dock will be located on the Mississippi River,  1,010.8 miles from the Mississippi River cruise dock at New Orleans,  Louisiana. The 20-year agreement passed by the council Monday calls for the dock to be built near Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark.

Viking also would pay the city $1 for each passenger on the boats that dock in Dubuque. The money will help pay for maintenance and operational fees. Any other vessels that use the dock also would have a $1-per-passenger maintenance fee to reduce dock maintenance costs for the city and Viking.

Video: Day of Remembrance | February 19, 2020