Coronavirus: 4 passengers on Royal Caribbean cruise ship rushed to hospital after vessel docks in New Jersey
Two people are seen in a brief clip tweeted by an NBC reporter being removed from Anthem of the Seas ship and loaded on to ambulances at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ.
Four passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise were rushed to Newark's University Hospital "out of caution" after the luxury vessel was docked in New Jersey Friday morning for screening potential coronavirus patients.
Two people are seen in a brief clip tweeted by NBC 4 New York reporter Tracie Strahan being removed from Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas ship and loaded on to ambulances at a port in Bayonne, NJ. According to reports, at least one of the patients was carried on a stretcher by medics who were not wearing any protective gear aside from gloves.
Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis told NBC New York that one of the four travelers -- who had come from China and are now hospitalized -- had a fever on the cruise. "However, the fever went away upon administering Tylenol," he said.
Meanwhile, three others are under observation at the hospital -- which is reportedly equipped with negative-pressure isolation rooms. While no one aboard the ship is currently believed to have coronavirus, the CDC has removed 23 other Chinese nationals for observation after the ship docked. According to NBC, these passengers will be taken directly to Newark Airport for a flight back to China once the screening process is completed.
That said, none of the 27 people are from Wuhan -- the reported epicenter of the deadly virus -- nor had they traveled to the city since the start of the outbreak, per the report.
Royal Caribbean said in a statement early Friday that it is “participating in elevated levels of guest screening” to contain the spread of the virus. “We are closely monitoring developments regarding coronavirus and have rigorous medical protocols in place onboard our ships,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“We continue to work in close consultation with the CDC, the WHO, and local health authorities to align with their guidance and ensure the health and well-being of our guests and crew."
Furthermore, there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New York or New Jersey. However, two people in New Jersey are currently being tested for infection.