Panama Canal cruise ship brought several COVID-19 positive passengers to the Port of San Francisco
San Francisco, California – On Sunday morning, several Covid-19 cases were recorded on a ship that came back to San Francisco from a cruise through the Panama Canal.
The Ruby Princess was the ship that cruised for more than two weeks on the Panama Canal and brought COVID-19 positive passengers.
According to Princess Ruby officials, despite the fact that all passengers and crew onboard were fully vaccinated, some of them developed mild symptoms, and some of them did not show any symptoms at all.
Passengers who tested positive but did not complete the isolation period would be transported back home by private vehicle or accomodated in hotels that had been pre-arranged for isolation and quarantine.
As stated by the Port of San Francisco, cruise ships and other boats are responsible for arranging private transportation to and from the port for COVID-positive passengers or crew members who are undergoing quarantine. They also need to make private arrangements with medical institutions to treat passengers and crew members who need to be hospitalized because of COVID, so that they can get the care they need.
A statement from the port said that the arrangements were put in place to preserve local public resources amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.