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Paradise couple among thousands aboard Grand Princess Cruise ship awaiting coronavirus results

A cruise ship in limbo off the California coast with thousands aboard should learn more about its fate Friday, when officials get results from dozens of coronavirus tests.

Posted: Mar 6, 2020 9:15 AM
Updated: Mar 6, 2020 8:14 PM

SAN FRANCISO, Calif. - A cruise ship in limbo off the California coast with thousands aboard should learn more about its fate Friday when officials get results from dozens of coronavirus tests.

The Grand Princess ship about 60 miles southwest of San Francisco as of Friday morning, according to CruiseMapper website.

Among those passengers, a couple from Paradise, Steven and Michele Smith.

“We’re feeling super healthy and happy on the ship because they’re taking great care of us,” Michele said.

Steven and Michele Smith of Paradise are among the 3,500 passengers and crew waiting and wondering when they’ll be allowed to return to land.

“We’re confident in the powers that be the ability to handle and monitor the situation,” Steven said. “We’re not seeing any panic on the ship.”

That’s despite learning that an elderly man from Placer County was on the Grand Princess ship in February when it departed from San Francisco to Mexico.

The California National Guard flew in test kits to the Grand Princess on Thursday. About 100 passengers were identified for testing. Results could come in sometime Friday.

“In the meantime, we are all passengers are to stay in our state rooms for safety,” Michele said. “We’re very happy with the cleanliness of Princess and the instructions they’ve given us.”

In San Francisco, Thursday – City, state and federal officials are trying to figure out what to do with the ship and its passengers. Until then it’s not being allowed back to its homeport of San Francisco.

“Once we have results from the tests the CDC and the state will determine the most appropriate location for the ship to berth,” Department of Emergency Management, Mary Ellen Carroll said. “The location needs to provide for the safety of the surrounding community as well as the passengers and crew.”

In the meantime, the smiths of Paradise are remaining positive.

"Obviously we're all concerned but we're doing what the captain asked us to do,” Steven said. "We're hoping we get some quick results and that we're able to go about our business and get back to Paradise."

Now even though about 100 passengers were identified for testing – only about 30 or so had shown symptoms of the virus.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 790096

Reported Deaths: 15056
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Los Angeles2614466366
Riverside574191162
San Bernardino52649908
Orange522011128
San Diego44925760
Kern31509354
Fresno27769355
Sacramento21628383
Alameda20641374
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San Joaquin19841415
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Tulare15599256
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San Mateo9598143
Monterey955067
Santa Barbara8880110
Merced8750134
Kings743077
Sonoma7112114
Marin6591112
Solano617555
Madera439162
Placer348841
San Luis Obispo339327
Butte276435
Yolo275454
Santa Cruz22188
Sutter164210
Napa162613
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Yuba11187
El Dorado10734
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Lassen7350
Shasta70914
Glenn5503
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Colusa5106
Tehama5094
Lake49210
Humboldt4856
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2214
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Trinity150
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