Cruise ship being held off California coast for coronavirus testing

Posted at 9:04 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 12:04:33-05

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A cruise ship that was expected to dock in San Francisco on Thursday will be kept offshore until 2,500 passengers are tested for the coronavirus.

The Associated Press reported a previous passenger died from the illness. Authorities say several passengers aboard the Grand Princess are showing symptoms that could be coronavirus, a cold or flu.

According to Bay Area news station KGO, the ship traveled from San Francisco to Hawaii and its trip included a stop in Mexico, but that stop was called off.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said test kits will be flown to the ship, which can't dock until results are completed.

Authorities said Wednesday a 71-year-old man who may have contracted the virus on a previous cruise died in Placer County. KGO reported that the man was on the ship between Feb. 11-21.

On Wednesday, Newsom declared a statewide emergency over the virus.