Utah woman aboard cruise ship with possible coronavirus cases

Princess Grand offshore near San Francisco
Posted at 7:16 AM, Mar 05, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — The Princess Grand cruise ship is off the coast of California with 21 people aboard who are showing possible symptoms of the novel coronavirus, and a Utah woman is aboard the ship.

Monica Achter was on the ship when it embarked on a 15-night cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii on Feb. 21.

It was scheduled to return Mar. 7, but is expected to dock in San Francisco later Thursday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said passengers will not be allowed to come ashore until all have been properly assessed.

The ship will be held offshore until testing kits can be flown in and the results are available.

The 21 people showing possible symptoms of COVID-19 are being kept in isolation but the rest of the passengers are not being quarantined at this time.

Of the 21 people with possible symptoms, 11 are passengers and 10 are crew members.

A memo was sent out to passengers to warn them about the situation, but Achter said she is not too concerned yet.

"I probably feel less at risk because I see how much they're cleaning all the time," she said. "I haven't been worried about it at all this whole time."