According to county spokesperson Jose Alvarez, a passenger on Celebrity Eclipse, which arrived in San Diego CA on Monday, March 30, has tested positive for Coronavirus. Tuesday afternoon, county health officials announced that three self-isolating crew members also tested positive.
County health officials said that they were notified before the vessel came in that a passenger had a heart ailment and "possible" pneumonia. The patient was taken to a hospital on Monday and later tested positive.
A letter from Celebrity Cruises sent to passengers reads: "because you were a passenger on this same voyage, it is possible you were exposed to someone who was sick with COVID-19," and goes on to direct passengers to complete 2-week isolation. The cruiser, who is not a San Diego County resident, is in the hospital in serious condition.
However, there is no change in the plan of disembarking the remaining travellers. They will be screened before departure and "only those who are asymptomatic and without fever are allowed to leave and proceed to transportation out of the county."
Celebrity Eclipse was the last liner allowed to unload its over 2,300 passengers in San Diego CA before county leaders issued public health orders preventing cruise ships from disembarking guests during the coronavirus pandemic.
For other Celebrity Eclipse accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.
For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.