Cdc Is Investigating 86 Cruise Ships With Covid-19 Cases—and They All Keep Sailing

Posted: Dec 29, 2021



Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) updated its color-coded list of ships that tracks where passengers or crew have tested positive for Covid-19. The list is updated multiple times a week.

The agency currently identifies 86 ships where the number of Covid-19 cases meets the threshold for investigation — a 178% jump in 10 days — as the omicron variant spreads quickly across the U.S..

“CDC has been collaborating with global public health and industry partners to learn about omicron, as we continue to monitor its course,” wrote Jasmine Reed, a CDC spokesperson, via email. “We are still learning how easily it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and how well available vaccines and medications work against it.”

Eighty-six ships are on yellow status, which signifies that the number of reported Covid-19 cases exceeds .10% — or one-tenth of one percent — of the total number of people onboard the ship. According to the CDC website, 49 of the 86 ships on yellow status have been investigated and remain under observation, while the investigations are still underway for the remaining 37 ships.

The agency’s color-coding system is based on both surveillance data collected over the previous 7-day period as well as the findings of any CDC investigations.

Author: Suzanne Kellleher
Date: December 29, 2021
Source and Complete article: forbes.com



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