Grand Princess Cruise Ship to dock in Oakland today

A cruise ship with passengers infected with the Coronavirus will dock at the Port of Oakland this morning.  

The Grand Princess Cruise ship has over 3,500 passengers on board, 21 have tested positive for coronavirus, including 19 crew members and two passengers.

Nearly a thousand of the passengers are California residents. They will disembark and be transferred to either Travis Air Force base in Fairfield or the Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego for a 14-day quarantine and monitoring for signs of infection. 

Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid questioned why passengers would be offloaded in Oakland instead of San Francisco, the Mercury News reported. According to a statement released by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the location was selected because the Port has docks large enough to dock a ship of that size, the location is isolated, and passengers could be moved securely while protecting the public. 

The U.S. State Department has urged Americans against cruise ship travel.

Health officials have shifted their focus. Across the state and the U.S. health workers have gone from focusing on halting the virus to slow it is spread. Officials are also focusing on how to protect people most at risk from COVID-19’s deadly effects. Elderly people and people with pre-existing health conditions are at risk, especially people living in close proximity, like the nursing home death in Washington State–the nation’s first death. 

So far, 100,000 people have become infected with the virus. Over 3,000 have been killed. The Dow Jones plunged nearly 2,000 points as fears of an outbreak and concerns of oil wars.

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Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He is co-director of Oakland Voices. He recently completed his Masters of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. 

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