A crew member on the Jewel of the Seas informs me that the Royal Caribbean cruise ship has a complete of seventy-nine (79) COVID-19 circumstances on the ship, amongst visitors (61) and crew members (18).
The Jewel left port in Amsterdam at this time on a twelve day cruise to ports in Iceland and Eire. She is scheduled to return to Amsterdam on July 14, 2022.
— James (Jim) Walker (@CruiseLaw) July 2, 2022
The Jewel has a brand new an infection management officer (ICO) because of the elevated variety of COVID-19 circumstances aboard the ship. The officer despatched a message to the crew with these directions and feedback:
- “All crew ought to ONLY be sporting KN95 masks appropriately (over the nostril and mouth). Surgical masks or double masking is just not allowed at the moment. Be diligent in sanitizing in your work areas AND in dwelling areas.
- Report back to medical in case you have any COVID like signs.
- Report any suspected visitor/crew who exhibit any COVID like signs. It will assist forestall spreading amongst the ship.
- Hold your immune system up by washing your fingers, maintaining a healthy diet, getting a superb quantity of relaxation, train and pleasing time.
- Holding one another accountable.
- Jewel has a troublesome itinerary with lengthy cruises, demographics, climate, together with the quantity of Again to Again cruisers (contamination pool), BUT I imagine this crew is STRONG and RECEPTIVE who can actually fight the virus unfold. Lets all work collectively and be diligent in our efforts. I thank all of you upfront.”
The extremely contagious BA.4 and BA.5 variants are wreaking havoc within the U.S. and Europe as nearly all cruise ships at sea are inundated with COVID. The CDC’s Cruise Ship COVID-19 Standing Dashboard, for what its price, exhibits that of the 94 cruise ships crusing in U.S. waters, 92 ships are designated as orange and a couple of ships are yellow. There are completely no cruise ships designated as inexperienced with no COVID-19 aboard.
We now have obtained quite a few feedback by visitors and crew members on a variety of cruise ships operated by quite a few completely different corporations stating that there have been wherever from a number of dozen to over 150 contaminated folks on current cruises.
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