The Grand Princess cruise ship, with more than 20 passengers and crew infected with Covid-19, will dock at the Port of Oakland in California on Monday.
State and federal authorities reviewed a logistics plan and will determine the time it will be allowed to dock,Princess Cruises Inc. said in a post on Twitter. It was initially expected to berth on Sunday.
Two passengers and 19 crew members on the ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, but roughly 3,000 are thought to be on board. It’s not entirely clear where the passengers will go once they disembark.
“I’m told that the Trump Administration has decided to quarantine some passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship (those who are currently asymptotic) at Lackland AFB in San Antonio,” said Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas in a tweet late Saturday night.
California’s Office of Emergency Services could not be reached for comment late Saturday.
On Saturday, the San Jose Mercury News reported the Grand Princess had received permission from California Governor Gavin Newsom to dock at the Port of Oakland. A disembarkation process could take several days, according to a recording from the ship that was shared on Twitter.
“Guests who require acute medical treatment and hospitalization will be transported to health care facilities in California,” according to the recording. “If guests don’t require acute medical care following health screenings, those who are California residents will go to a federally operated isolation facilty within California for testing and isolation.”
A Grand Princess cruise ship that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico in mid-February appears to be a focal point for the spread of the virus in California. The state’s first, and only, confirmed Covid-19 fatality so far involves a Placer County man who was on the ship. On Friday, Placer County public health officials confirmedthree new cases, all of whom were related to the cruise ship.
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