Hundreds of Carnival Cruise Line employees who tested negative for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) disembarked in New Orleans (Port NOLA, Louisiana) and are returning to their home countries, Louisiana governor’s office announced on Thursday, April 9.
The NOLA-homeported ship Carnival Valor (passenger capacity ~3000) was passenger-free when arrived at Port NOLA Wednesday night. According to Gov. John Bel Edwards, 300 international crew without Coronavirus symptoms were bused to Carnival-arranged charter flights. In a statement, Carnival said that those staff-crew had been cleared to fly by the US immigration authorities.
The Democratic governor said other crew who had tested positive would stay on the ship. They would not get off, and right now none of them required hospitalization. However, if any of them required hospitalization, they would be taken to hospitals in New Orleans. The number of crew remaining onboard has not been revealed.
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.