COVID-19 infected cruise ship arrives in New Orleans – .

COVID-19 infected cruise ship arrives in New Orleans – .

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A Norwegian Cruise Line ship with at least 10 passengers and crew infected with COVID-19 docked in New Orleans on Sunday, where health officials said they were trying to disembark people without worsening the spread of coronavirus disease.

Local New Orleans news outlets have confirmed that Norwegian Breakaway has arrived in the city. The ship departed New Orleans on November 28. The Louisiana Department of Health said in a press release late Saturday that over the past week the ship had called in Belize, Honduras and Mexico.

Norwegian Cruise Line issued a statement which confirmed a “handful of COVID-19 cases among guests and crew.” The company said all of the identified cases involved people without symptoms of the disease.

“We are testing everyone on Norwegian Breakaway prior to disembarkation, as well as post-exposure and quarantine public health advice from the (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),” the company statement said. “All guests who have tested positive for COVID-19 will travel by personal vehicle to their personal residence or self-isolate in accommodations provided by the company. “

The state’s health department – which is working with the cruise line and state and local authorities to contain the outbreak – said at least 10 people on the ship have tested positive for COVID-19. More than 3,200 people were on board the ship, officials said.

Some disembarking passengers told WVUE-TV in New Orleans that they had been made aware of the positive cases on the ship, while others said they had no idea of ​​the outbreak until they were questioned on this subject by a journalist.

“We didn’t hear about this until we heard you speak a second ago,” said Don Canole, a passenger from North Carolina. “It would have been nice to know. We might have taken some extra precautions.

Passengers said they were tested for exposure to COVID-19 on Saturday before disembarking on Sunday. The cruise line also gave passengers quick take-home tests when they left the ship, according to WVUE.

Norwegian has said it requires all passengers and crew to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before departure. The company said no changes to future scheduled crossings on the Norwegian Breakaway were currently planned and the ship was due to depart on Sunday evening.

Cruise ships were one of the primary sources of outbreaks last year at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, as some ships were washed up in ports and passengers were forced to self-quarantine. The CDC issued a no-shipping order in March 2020, prompting a shutdown that ended last June as cruise ships began to leave U.S. ports with new health and safety requirements.


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