Some passengers still on-board the Grand Princess cruise ship, docked in Oakland, are awaiting their disembarkation orders to one of four Air Force bases, including a local Spokane couple.
Nancy and David Holmes, a retired couple from Spokane, still were on-board the cruise ship as of Tuesday evening, and they still have not been told where they will go or where they will be taken.
The Grand Princess has been docked in Oakland since Monday, when disembarkation began for guests on-board. California residents will go to a federally operated facility for testing and isolation, while other cruise ship guests will be quarantined elsewhere. Crew members will be quarantined and treated on board the ship.
On March 4, Grand Princess staff alerted passengers that guests on the previous cruise had tested positive for COVID-19. By the next day passengers were confined to their rooms and have been ever since. There were 45 guests and crew members tested on board Grand Princess for COVID-19. Of those people tested, 21 people have tested positive, including 19 crew members and two guests.
There were 3,533 people, including 2,422 guests and 1,111 crew members on-board. After circling outside of San Francisco for several days, the Grand Princess docked in Oakland and began disembarkation for some passengers on Monday.
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