NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana: At least ten passengers and crew members onboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship that docked in New Orleans tested positive for Covid-19.
The Louisiana Department of Health said that the ship, which departed New Orleans on November 28, made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico.
Norwegian Cruise Line issued a statement confirming that the identified cases involved people without symptoms of the illness.
“We are testing all individuals on Norwegian Breakaway prior to disembarkation, as well as providing post-exposure and quarantine public health guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the company’s statement said. “Any 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.”
Meanwhile, the Louisiana health department is working with the cruise line and state and local officials to contain the outbreak. More than 3,200 people were on board the ship, officials said.
Some disembarking passengers told WVUE-TV in New Orleans that they were notified about the positive cases on the ship, while others said they had no idea about the outbreak.
“We didn’t hear of this until we kind of heard you talking a second ago,” said Don Canole, a passenger from North Carolina. “It would have been nice to have known. We would have taken maybe a few more precautions.”
The company said no changes to scheduled future sailings on the Norwegian Breakaway are currently planned, and the ship was scheduled to depart again later the same day.