17 COVID cases identified on cruise ship entering New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Seventeen people on a cruise ship coming back to port in New Orleans have tested positive for COVID.
The Louisiana Department of Health said the Norwegian Cruise Lines ship with more than 3,200 passengers departed from New Orleans Nov. 28 and made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico.
The ship, Norwegian Breakaway, returned to port over the weekend and initially identified 10 passengers and crew members who tested positive for COVID.
The LDH said Saturday all individuals on board will be screened for COVID before getting off the ship.
Sunday, the organization said the total number of cases was 17, including one probable case of the Omicron variant in a crew member.
The crew member is not a Louisiana resident and did not leave the ship during the voyage. The first case of the Omicron variant in Louisiana was confirmed by the LDH over the weekend and the health organization said the cases are separate.
The LDH said Saturday that everyone who tested positive had to "travel by personal vehicle to their personal residence or self-isolate according to current CDC guidelines in accommodations provided by NCL."
According to Norwegian Cruise Line's website, all guests must be vaccinated before boarding.
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