COVID-19: HHS Should Clarify Agency Roles for Emergency Return of U.S. Citizens During a Pandemic, Report to Congressional Addressees [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Highlights: "HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] provides temporary assistance to U.S. citizens repatriated by the Department of State (State) from a foreign country because of destitution, illness, threat of war, or similar crises through the U.S. Repatriation Program. In January and February 2020, HHS assisted State in repatriating individuals from Wuhan, China, and the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, to the U.S. HHS quarantined repatriates at five Department of Defense (DOD) installations to ensure they did not infect others with COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to examine HHS's COVID-19 repatriation efforts to ensure the health and safety of those involved in the response. This report examines HHS's coordination and management of its COVID-19 repatriation response."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/