Yesterday, the Facilities for Illness Management and Safety (CDC) up to date its color-coded record of ships that tracks the place passengers or crew have examined constructive for Covid-19. The record is up to date a number of occasions every week.
The company presently identifies 86 ships the place the variety of Covid-19 circumstances meets the edge for investigation — a 178% bounce in 10 days — because the omicron variant spreads shortly throughout the U.S.
Forbes experiences that the 86 ships are on yellow standing, which signifies that the variety of reported Covid-19 circumstances exceeds .10% — or one-tenth of 1 p.c — of the entire variety of individuals onboard the ship.
“CDC has been collaborating with international public well being and trade companions to find out about omicron, as we proceed to observe its course,” wrote Jasmine Reed, a CDC spokesperson, by way of e mail. “We’re nonetheless studying how simply it spreads, the severity of sickness it causes, and the way effectively out there vaccines and medicines work towards it.”
Among the many 86 cruises in yellow standing beneath investigation, Carnival operates 32, Walt Disney operates 4, Royal Caribbean operates 25 and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings operates 16.
In a report revealed in late October, earlier than the omicron variant was recognized, the CDC famous that cruise traces logged 1,359 Covid-19 confirmed circumstances between June 26 and October 21 of this 12 months. Whereas most of those circumstances have been asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, 87 of those that examined constructive wanted to be hospitalized or medevaced off the ship.
“CDC acknowledges that it isn’t potential for cruising to be a zero-risk exercise,” Reed stated. “The possibility of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is excessive as a result of the virus spreads simply between individuals in shut quarters aboard ships.”