The person who died in Placer County, California, Wednesday from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) traveled on a cruise ship final month — and that ship is now heading for arrival in San Francisco with passengers exhibiting signs on board.
Throughout a press convention on Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom mentioned that the Facilities for Illness Management and the California Coast Guard are working collectively to get check kits for COVID-19 to the ship. It won’t be able to move to port till passengers and crew are examined.
“The ship is at the moment off the coast,” Newsom mentioned, explaining that the ship’s arrival was being delayed “to supply ample alternative” for the CDC, Coast Guard and state well being officers “to conduct exams. As a result of we’ve numerous passengers and crew members which have developed signs on this cruise.”
The ship, the Grand Princess, had been crusing again to the continental U.S. from Hawaii, Newsom mentioned.
“We’re going to be flying testing kits to the cruise ship, and we’re going to be flying these rapidly again to the state, primarily to Richmond Lab the place we will check in a short time these samples to find out if people which can be symptomatic simply have the normal chilly or flu, or might have contracted the COVID-19 virus.”
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“We additionally will develop the testing protocols to much more passengers, as there are a selection of passengers that held over from the Mexico journey and made their method onto the second cruise into Hawaii,” the governor added.
The person who died in Placer County — described as “an aged grownup with underlying well being situations” in a county information launch — marked the eleventh demise within the U.S., and the primary within the nation exterior of Washington State.
He’s believed to have contracted COVID-19 whereas he was touring aboard the Grand Princess from February 11 to 21 between San Francisco and Mexico, the discharge mentioned. He had been remoted at Kaiser Permanente Roseville, and “had minimal neighborhood publicity between coming back from the cruise and arriving on the hospital by ambulance on Feb. 27.”
The Kaiser Permanente healthcare employees and the 5 emergency responders who got here in touch with the affected person are at the moment being quarantined and haven’t exhibited signs of COVID-19.
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Nonetheless, it’s potential that different cruise passengers have been uncovered. An estimated 2,500 passengers on that journey dwell in California, Newsom mentioned at his press convention, and officers throughout the state are working to contact all of them.
On Wednesday, Princess Cruise Strains despatched a well being advisory letter to visitors and crew at the moment crusing onboard Grand Princess, alerting them to the truth that the CDC is “investigating a small cluster” of COVID-19 instances in Northern California and asking visitors who additionally sailed on that voyage to stay of their stateroom till they’ve been contacted and cleared by medical employees.
The letter mentioned the measures have been being taken in an “abundance of warning.”
The Grand Princess is from the identical cruise ship line however to not be confused with the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined in Japan for a number of weeks after COVID-19 unfold among the many passengers. A reported six individuals have died from the Diamond Princess outbreak.
Newsom declared California in a state of emergency on Wednesday after the primary demise within the state was reported.
To forestall the unfold of COVID-19, the CDC recommends washing fingers usually with cleaning soap and water for at the very least 20 seconds, utilizing hand sanitizer, keep away from touching your face, coughing into your elbow or a tissue and avoiding contact with anybody affected by respiratory sickness.