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Grand Princess cruise ship hit by coronavirus to dock in Oakland

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 13:50:43-04

The Grand Princess Cruise Ship, which was hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19), will dock at the Port of Oakland on Monday.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) said a joint state and federal effort will disembark passengers from the ship. These passengers will not be released into the general public.

Health officials say passengers who require medical treatment will be taken to healthcare facilities in California.

Those who don't require immediate care will be housed in federal facilities in other states "for testing and isolation," said officials.

Officials say the crew will be quarantined and treated aboard the ship. The ship will only stay in the Port of Oakland during the duration of disembarkment and will then depart Oakland and remain elsewhere for the duration of the crew's quarantine.

Almost 1,000 of the ship's passengers are Californians, health officials said.

Nineteen crew members and two passengers have tested positive for COVID-19. The ship is carrying more than 3,500 people from 54 different countries, according to The Associated Press.

The Port of Oakland was selected as the best site for the ship to disembark due to there being a limited number of docks that are able to dock a ship of this size. CalOES said in a statement that this location was the easiest to seal off and securely move passengers towards their isolation destinations while protecting the safety of the public.

To read the full statement from CalOES, click here.