Four passengers on a cruise ship docked near New York City are actually getting further evaluation for coronavirus

Four passengers on a cruise ship docked near New York City are actually getting further evaluation for coronavirus

Four passengers on a cruise ship docked near New York City are actually getting further evaluation for coronavirus

 (CNN)Four passengers on a cruise ship that docked Friday morning near New York City were taken to a hospital for further evaluation for the coronavirus after they and others had been evaluated at a New Jersey port, the state’s governor said.

 

Officials from the US Centers for Prevention and disease Control screened twenty seven passengers on the ship at the port in Bayonne, a New Jersey city just south of Manhattan, Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. All those passengers recently had traveled to China; the other twenty three were cleared.

 

No case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Jersey that is New, and the “risk to residents remains low,” Murphy said. “The hospital is actually following proper infection control protocols while evaluating these individuals.”

Not any of the 4 passengers taken to a hospital showed “any clinical signs or perhaps symptoms of coronavirus” on board, Royal Caribbean said in a statement. One tested positive for the flu. They’d not been in China after January twenty six.

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The Royal Caribbean (RC) ship has a capacity of 4,900 passengers and 1,500 crew, but the amount of folks on board the vessel Friday was not immediately known. The hospital wasn’t named in Murphy’s statement.

The coronavirus emerged from China 2 months before. It’s killed 638 folks, mostly in China, and paralyzed the world’s second biggest economy. It’s infected more than 31,000 in more than twenty five countries and territories. The US has no less than twelve confirmed cases, with hundreds more evacuees from China due back Friday.

Aboard the Anthem of the Seas, a pair of relatives started to be ill, a CDC spokesperson said. The family has been to mainland China but not to Hubei Province, where the coronavirus began spreading.

CDC staff decided to test all 4 members of the family in an abundance of caution after consulting with the New Jersey Department of Health, the spokesperson said. State health officials are going to send the family’s samples to the CDC for testing.

CORONAVIRUS: Follow live updates Royal Caribbean delayed the ship’s departure from four p.m. ET Friday to Saturday, though it’d been “cleared by authorities” to depart as planned, the company said.

“We appreciate the CDC’s abundance of caution,” the cruise line said in its statement. “To reassure concerned guests, we are going to delay our departure until tomorrow, when we expect to receive conclusive test results from the CDC.”

Situation is actually’ below risk that is low ,’ governor says Ambulances and stretchers were positioned Friday near the Anthem of the Seas at the port at Personnel, and Bayonne were boarding the ship, aerial video from CNN affiliates in New York shows.

“I have been briefed on the RC cruise ship arriving this morning,” Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis tweeted. “I am sure that the NJ DoH, CDC, and PA NY/NJ are actually prepared and equipped to address some concerns this morning.”

 

Davis later tweeted, “RC Update: Approx two dozen were screened this morning with four sent to area hosp for further screening. I was advised CDC considers this’ Below Low Risk’ situation. Other passengers released w/no action needed.”

 

Royal Caribbean is “closely monitoring developments regarding coronavirus and have rigorous medical protocols in place onboard our ships,” it said in a statement.

“Like airlines, we’re participating in elevated levels of guest screening to check the spread of coronavirus,” the cruise line said. “We continue to operate in close consultation with the CDC, the WHO, and local health authorities to align with the guidance of theirs and ensure the health and wellbeing of our crew.” and guests

Passenger had’ no idea’ about health assessments Passengers have been on the ship for twelve days, traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John’s, Antigua; and St. Kitts. They had been set to disembark Friday morning.

“We had no idea (about the health assessments) till we saw on (local) TV in cabin this morning,” passenger Don Silberman of Connecticut said. Generally there had been no announcement or perhaps info from the crew about the CDC assessments, he said.

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“I initially was very concerned and worried that we will be quarantined,” she said. “Then, after talking it through with the husband of mine, we both assumed it was bogus because Royal Caribbean had not announced anything about this.”

Hosty later saw even more news outlets reporting the story.

“We went to the buffet for breakfast, and things were happening as usual,” she said. After speaking with some other passengers, “we all were really surprised we had not heard anything until really this morning.”

Royal Caribbean didn’t immediately respond to CNN’s questions about its passenger notification efforts.

Royal Caribbean will “be conducting enhanced sanitation in the cruise terminal and onboard, as part of our ongoing illness prevention efforts,” the cruise line tweeted to passengers expected to board.

Clarification: This story has been updated to indicate that one stop was St. John’s, Antigua, rather compared to St. John, Virgin Islands.

 

CNN’s Paul Murphy, Kristina Sgueglia, Joe Sutton, John Bonifield, Ben Tinker and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.