Utah Woman May Have Been Exposed To Coronavirus After Boarding Cruise Ship

Mar 4, 2020, 11:51 PM | Updated: Jun 22, 2022, 3:48 pm

SALT LAKE CITY –A Utah woman may have been exposed to coronavirus after her Princess cruise ship kept several passengers aboard from the previous trip who could have been unknowingly infected.

Several cases of coronavirus were reported from the previous trip – the same trip where an elderly man was reported to have died from the virus.

The ship first departed from San Francisco to Mexico on Feb. 11, then launched a second cruise from California to Hawaii on Feb. 21.

Health officials said three passengers on that first cruise have now tested positive for COVID-19, including the 71-year-old man who died Wednesday morning.

Over 6o people from the previous trip were kept onboard when the new passengers began their trip. Utah resident Monica Achter was one of those new passengers.

Achter said she wasn’t informed about the infection at first, and that information about what’s happening has slowly started to trickle in.

Achter said everyone on board the Grand Princess received a health advisory letter Wednesday.

“It just said that any previous crew members… that had come from the previous trip (should) stay in their rooms,” she said.

She said the mood on the ship changed after the announcement was made.

“People weren’t saying hello as much as before, and it just seemed like everything was frozen and quiet,” Achter said.

She said crew members have taken extra precautions when handling food.

“They dish it all up for us now, whereas before we could dish it up ourselves,” she said.

The cruise was supposed to make a stop in Mexico Thursday, but that has been canceled and passengers have been offered $300 onboard credit.

Achter said although this was not the trip she planned for, she is preparing for whatever comes.

“Whatever happens, happens… and we’ll try and make the best of it,” she said.

California officials said 11 passengers and 10 crew members on the ship have shown symptoms of coronavirus. The state will be flying thousands of test kits out to the ship.

It’s not clear if the entire ship will need to be quarantined.

The cruise was originally supposed to end on Saturday, but they’ve planned to dock in San Francisco on Thursday.

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Utah Woman May Have Been Exposed To Coronavirus After Boarding Cruise Ship