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Cruise ship sets sail from Port of San Diego amid Coronavirus concerns

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 03:16:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Amid Coronavirus c oncerns a Holland America cruise ship took off Saturday from the Port of San Diego on a 7-day trip to Mexico.

Passengers boarding the cruise said for the most part they weren't concerned.

Some added Holland America had been emailing them updates on precautions the cruise line is taking and what passengers should do to stay healthy.

Holland America sent this list of precautions to 10News:

  • Guests who have traveled from or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau, or had contact with a suspected or confirmed case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or a person who is under monitoring for coronavirus in the last 14 days prior to sailing will not be permitted to board the ship.
  • Pre-Boarding medical evaluations, including temperature checks, for persons whom, for any reason, appear or identify as symptomatic (respiratory or fever symptoms); and
  • For all guests, our standard pre-boarding health reporting advising of their reporting obligations for any illness or symptoms of an illness.
  • Medical screening for Coronavirus on all guests who visit our onboard Medical Center with symptoms of any respiratory illness.
  • Reporting to local and national health authorities of all cases of fever and respiratory illness, and any patients with suspected Coronavirus infection.
  • Crew members from mainland China will be delayed from joining any ship until further notice. Crew members from other regions of the world who may have been scheduled to connect on flights through China have been rerouted.
  • Additional environmental disinfection on board will be performed in addition to our regular stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols.

Saturday 10News did not see or hear about any passengers having their temperature taken.

10News reached out to the cruise line working to confirm these precautions are being taken.