Holland America Line experiences that 14 percent of its crew members and four percent of passengers on Zaandam have noted to the ship’s health-related center with flu-like signs or symptoms. Four friends onboard have handed absent.

Now, the line is taking a phase to choose off healthy friends and individual them from individuals who have these kinds of flu-like signs or symptoms, which could sign the possibility of COVID-19: it has sent Rotterdam to the rescue. This is what the line mentioned in its newest statement on Friday.

Healthful Friends Transferred to Rotterdam

Zaandam is at present off the coastline of Panama and rendezvoused with sister ship Rotterdam at 7:thirty p.m. regional time yesterday, March 26. We acquired acceptance from Panamanian authorities to carry out ship-to-ship functions at anchor among the two vessels. Medical supplies and further health-related employees had been transferred to Zaandam.

These days we introduced a prepare to transfer teams of healthy Zaandam guests to Rotterdam, with demanding protocols for this method formulated in conjunction with the U.S. Facilities for Disorder Management and Avoidance (CDC). Only individuals who have not been unwell will be moved, and well being screenings will be done prior to transferring.

“Priority for the 1st friends to transfer will be offered to individuals on Zaandam with within staterooms and who are above 70. When aboard Rotterdam, all friends will carry on to continue to be in their staterooms right until disembarkation. Any friends who are at present unwell, or in isolation as a close make contact with, and all crew will continue to be on Zaandam.”

“When the onward prepare for both ships is however remaining finalized, we carry on to get the job done with the Panamanian authorities on acceptance to transit the Panama Canal for sailing to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“Yesterday a quantity of patients with respiratory signs or symptoms had been examined for COVID-19 and two folks examined positive. 

“Out of an abundance of warning, on March 22 when Zaandam first saw a quantity of friends reporting to the health-related center with influenza-like disease signs or symptoms, we took speedy protective measures, which includes inquiring all friends to self-isolate in their staterooms and implementing all other ideal safety measures that have been formulated in coordination with the CDC. 

“All friends and crew acquired face masks yesterday and had been supplied with directions on when and how to put on them.

 “At this time, fifty three friends (four per cent) and eighty five crew (14 per cent) have noted to Zaandam’s health-related center with influenza-like disease signs or symptoms. There are one,243 friends and 586 crew on board. On Zaandam there are 4 medical doctors and 4 nurses. On Rotterdam there are two medical doctors and 4 nurses.”

“Holland America Line can validate that 4 more mature friends have handed absent on Zaandam. Our ideas and prayers are with their family members and we are performing every thing we can to aid them all through this hard time.”

 “Complimentary telephone counseling providers from our care husband or wife, Empathia, have been produced accessible to friends and crew if they would like further aid all through this time. For individuals with family members members on board, they can phone the pursuing figures for info: 877-425-2231 or 206-626-7398.”

 “Zaandam was sailing a South America cruise that departed Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7 and was originally scheduled to conclusion at San Antonio, Chile, on March 21. Due to world-wide well being worries, Holland America Line produced the conclusion to suspend its world-wide cruise functions for thirty days and conclusion its existing cruises in development as quickly as feasible so friends could return household.”

“No 1 has been off the ship due to the fact March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile.”

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