Cruise Passengers off San Francisco Coast Await Corona Virus Test Results


Scott Strazzante

Anne Rutherford, Reporter

The Grand Princess cruise is currently hovering along the California Coast, unable to dock after a passenger has reportedly died from COVID-19, informally known as the CoronaVirus. The passenger, who is currently unidentified, has become the first person to die from Corona in the state of California.


The only information given about the man was his age, 71 and that he had underlying health conditions. 


Among the 2,500 passengers on board The Grand Princess, 21 have been suffering from flu-like symptoms. 


But not all passengers will be tested. There are fewer than 100 guests and crew who will be subjected to testing. 


Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a press conference last Wednesday, “We are going to be flying testing kits to the cruise ship and we are going to be sending those quickly back to the state.” Gov Newsom remains optitinistc however, ending his statement with, “We’ll be able to test very quickly within just a few hours.”


A military helicopter lowered by rope and later retrieved the test kits Thursday, bound for a lab in Richmond, California, authorities said. 

Despite this unfortunate incident, people are optimistic. Michele Smith, a passenger commented on the incident, “Spirits are as high as can be under these circumstances. We are blessed to be healthy, comfortable and well-fed,” she wrote.