Cruise ship COVID outbreak: 10 people on Norwegian ship sailing near New Orleans test positive for coronavirus

NEW ORLEANS – Ten people on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship bound for New Orleans have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday night.

Norwegian Separatism left New Orleans on November 28 and will return later this week, the Louisiana Department of Health said in a press release. Over the past week, the ship has made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico.

Officials say more than 3,200 people are on board.

According to the statement, Norwegian “followed appropriate isolation and quarantine procedures as new cases and incidents of exposure were identified on this ship.”

Before disembarking in New Orleans, each person on board will be tested for coronavirus. Officials said anyone who tested positive would go home in person or self-isolate in rooms provided by the shipping line.

Officials have not released any information on the status of those who have contracted the virus.

Cruise ships were the source of an early outbreak last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when several ships were refused at ports and passengers forced into quarantine. Some passengers died of COVID-19 at sea while others became so sick that they had to be taken off the ship on stretchers.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a ban on sailing in March 2020, bringing the standstill to an end last June when cruise ships began leaving US ports with new health and safety requirements. According to the Norwegian website, the company requires all passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against the virus at least two weeks before departure.

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