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Cruise Ships & Coronavirus: Infections Becoming More Clear

Cruise Ships & Coronavirus: Infections Becoming More Clear

A month after the cruise industry announced it would suspend new sailings because of the novel coronavirus, the extent that illness stowed away on ships, infecting thousands of people is only beginning to be clear.

Cruise ships still are at sea – some of them sailed just before the March 14 date set by the trade group Cruise Lines International Association for a 30-day moratorium on new sailings. Eight ships sailed in the hours before the suspension and one after, according to analysis by USA Today.

That was after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11 and well after the Diamond Princess became a worldwide example of the possibility of disease spreading on a cruise ship packed with people and crew from all over the world. The Diamond Princess spent a month in Yokohama after it docked in February as government officials and the cruise line sorted out how to handle quarantining and disembarking passengers. More than 700 passengers were infected and 12 died.

The Grand Princess also saw infections after a trip from California to Mexico included infected passengers and the ship continued on another trip to Hawaii. Crew and passengers on board both trips have tested positive and the cruise line has been subject to a spate of lawsuits over the sailings.

On April 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the “No Sail” order until the public health emergency passes, or up to 100 days from the time the order is published.

But new infections are still possible with thousands of people still aboard ships. About 80,000 crew are aboard 100 ships offshore from the U.S. and 20 ships at anchorage or port in the U.S. have known or suspected COVID-19 cases onboard.

More than 6,300 passengers still are at sea on eight ships around the world, according to an analysis by the Guardian. One ship that docked recently, the Antarctic cruise ship Greg Mortimer, operated by the Aurora Expeditions, was stuck off the coast of Uruguay after the cruise was cut short because of the coronavirus – 128 of the 217 passengers were infected.

When the voluntary cruise suspension first was announced, Adam Goldstein, CLIA global chairman, noted the industry was vital to the economy. “During this time, we will continue to work with the CDC and others to prepare for resumption of sailings when it is appropriate. We know the travel industry is a huge economic engine for the United States and when our ships once again sail, our industry will be a significant contributor to fueling the economic recovery.”

But the fallout from those infected aboard cruise ships will reverberate as governments investigate and passengers file suits.

Thousands of Cruise Passengers Exposed to COVID-19

Thousands of Cruise Passengers Exposed to COVID-19

As the coronavirus began spreading across the world, the cruise industry continued setting sail. The result: thousands of passengers exposed to the virus, with many becoming infected and dozens of deaths. Additionally, thousands of passengers have been stranded at sea, unable to disembark as local governments are hesitant to take on the risk of exposed […]

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Newsome Melton Law Awards Leadership Scholarship to Clayton Faulkner, Divinity Student

Newsome Melton Law Awards Leadership Scholarship to Clayton Faulkner, Divinity Student

Newsome Melton Law of Orlando, Fla., is proud to award its Spring 2019 Student Leadership Scholarship to Clayton Faulkner, a master’s of divinity student from Sugarland, Texas. Faulkner, 38, is a distance student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He is also a pastoral ministry candidate in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. His essay was precise and almost […]

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Florida’s Supreme Court Reinstates $8 Million Verdict and the “Frye” Standard After Ruling the “Daubert” Standard Unconstitutional

Florida’s Supreme Court Reinstates $8 Million Verdict and the “Frye” Standard After Ruling the “Daubert” Standard Unconstitutional

A Florida jury in Broward County awarded Richard DeLisle $8 million in 2013 after finding Lorillard Tobacco Company and four other defendants negligent for allegedly exposing him to the asbestos that aided in his diagnosis of mesothelioma, a rare and often incurable cancer. Lorillard, purchased by Reynolds American, Inc. in 2014 for $27.4 billion, and […]

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25 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Truck Verdict

25 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Truck Verdict

GAINESVILLE — On October 5, 2018, only five days after attorney Rich Newsome picked a jury in Gainesville, Florida, the jury returned a 25 million dollar verdict for the wrongful death of 20 year old Abby Dougherty. A student at the University of Florida, Dougherty was riding her bike through a busy intersection near the University when […]

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Takata Update: 62,307 ‘Alpha’ Inflators Still on the Road

Takata Update: 62,307 ‘Alpha’ Inflators Still on the Road

The Senate Committee on Commerce held a congressional hearing last month to understand the latest details of the Takata recall, which is the largest in auto industry history. Takata’s potentially fatal airbag inflators affect more than 37 million vehicles and 19 automakers. One of the major findings of the hearing is that there are currently […]

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150,000 Takata Airbags Still on Open Recall List in Central Florida

150,000 Takata Airbags Still on Open Recall List in Central Florida

You might be one of about 150,000 people with dangerous airbags that could explode at any time you live in one of these Orlando ZIP codes: 32765 32708 32825 32828 32712 Heat and humidity make the already defective airbags more prone to blowing up and impaling drivers and passengers with jagged pieces of metal. Florida’s […]

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Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

As of March 2018, millions of defective Takata airbags are still awaiting replacement, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). How Many Takata Airbags Are Under the Recall Order? The NHTSA says that the airbags are in millions of vehicles made by 19 different vehicle manufacturers. According to the NHTSA at a recent […]

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