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21 people aboard Grand Princess cruise ship test positive for coronavirus

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — The coronavirus test results have come in for those on board the Grand Princess cruise ship off the California coast.

Vice President Mike Pence announced Friday afternoon that 21 patients have tested positive for COVID-19.

The 21 include 19 crew members and two passengers.

The testing came about after a man who was on a previous voyage tested positive and died from the coronavirus. He was on the same ship that arrived in San Francisco on Feb. 21 from Mexico.

Princess Cruise officials confirmed there are 3,533 people currently on board Grand Princess, including 2,422 guests and 1,111 teammates. In total, they represent 54 nationalities.  

San Francisco city officials said that of the nearly 2,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members aboard, a total of 35 have shown flu-like symptoms at some point during the 15-day cruise.

Pence said they will be testing everyone on the ship and quarantining as necessary. As far as the 1,100 crew members on board, the vice president said he anticipates they will be quarantined on the ship and not disembark.

He also praised President Donald Trump on his efforts during the outbreak, saying the president’s leadership is why the risk of contracting the coronavirus in the U.S. remains low.

Samples were collected Thursday from 45 people on the cruise ship, which included a mix of guests and team members.

The samples were delivered to the California Department of Public Health in Richmond for processing.

A health official with the U.S. Task Force said Friday that there are many people on board the cruise ship in their 60s, 70s and 80s, who are more at risk of contracting the virus. She said the team is very focused on those patients.

More details to come.

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