About COVID-19 Virus

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We provide information here about the current public health situation surrounding coronavirus and the related COVID-19 illness as they affect the San Pedro area. We will only update this with confirmed information about effects on our region.

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRUS AND HOW BEST TO AVOID CONTRACTING  IT

March 16, 2020

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has reported one case of COVID-19 diagnosed in San Pedro. A student who attends Palos Verdes High School has also tested positive for COVID-19. There are none reported in Wilmington or Avalon.

March 15, 2020

Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered restaurants in the City of Los Angeles to operate only for delivery and food to go. Movie theaters, gyms, and fitness centers will be closed, the Los Angeles Times reported. Earlier Gov. Gavin Newsom had ordered all bars in the state to close. In addition, the governor has ordered that everyone 65 years and older should "enter into a state of home isolation" to avoid contact with the virus because they are in a group that is considered to be most vulnerable to its effects.

March 12, 2020

Princess Cruises has announced it will be suspending all cruises for 60 days effective from March 12 to May 10. You can find the company's release about this voluntary action at https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/global-ship-operations-pause.html

Passengers currently onboard a Princess cruise that will end in the next five days (by March 17) will continue to sail  through the end of the itinerary so that onward travel arrangements are not disrupted. The company said current voyages that are already underway and extend beyond March 17 will end at the location that is most convenient for passengers, factoring in the cruise line's operational requirements.

The suspension will affect 23 cruises to and from the Port of Los Angeles during the planned period.

March 9, 2020

Los Angeles County has reported its first case of coronavirus through community spread. This means that the patient's source for acquiring the virus is unknown. By comparison, patients who test positive for the virus and who have previously had contact with someone infected with the virus have a known point at which they probably acquired it.

The county health department said the case appears to be isolated.

Please read the information below from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention for advice on staying safe. Also follow the link to the CDC website for updatesd information.

Royal Princess is back alongside in San Pedro after anchoring in Long Beach Harbor to allow Norwegian Joy into port. The ships are both so long that they need to dock at Berth 92, which can best accommodate them. There was no room for both large ships at the World Cruise Terminal at the same time. 

Royal Princess' voyage to Mexico was cancelled. See below for our update on that matter.

March 8, 2020

Royal Princess' sailing for a seven-day cruise to Mexico was canceled last night.

Princess reported to passengers that it was not able to obtain clearances from local port authorities for the port calls on the cruise. This was reported by other sources to be because of one or more Royal Princess crew members having transferred from Grand Princess, a ship that has been quarantined at sea off San Francisco pending results of testing for the virus in passengers and crew. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention ordered the ship not to sail until a crew member who had previously worked on Grand Princess (the ship quarantined in the ocean off San Francisco) had been tested for coronavirus. Princess said the crew member was already past the incubation period for the virus.

In Long Beach, across the bay from San Pedro, Carnival Panorama was delayed in sailing for a day while a passenger was tested for the virus. Her test turned out negative and the ship sailed today on a shortened six-day itinerary.

Norwegian Joy sailed from the Port of Los Angeles today for a seven-day Mexico cruise.

March 5, 2020

There have been no cases reported in the San Pedro, Los Angeles Harbor and Palos Verdes Peninsula communities of COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, that is currently infecting people in many locations throughout the world, including in the United States.

Los Angeles County has reported seven suspected cases of the illness.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 is a new disease, although coronaviruses are fairly common.

Since it is a new disease or variation, much is not yet known “about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.”

Information is available at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The virus is believed to be transmitted mainly on a person-to-person basis.

And those transmissions are believed to mostly occur between people who are in close contact with one another, within a range of approximately 6 feet.

This kind of transmission would occur when an infected person coughs or sneezes, releasing droplets that contain the virus. “These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.”

Those droplets may also land on surfaces and objects and it may be possible for an individual to touch a surface that has the virus on it and then transfer it into their body unknowingly by touching their mouth, nose, or possibly eyes.

But CDC does not believe this is the main way the virus spreads.

It is currently not known how long the virus can remain active on a surface, with estimates ranging from minutes to nine days, depending on the surface, location, and air temperature. The current outbreaks of COVID-19 have shown “community spread” in some geographic areas.

This “means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.” But none of the seven cases in Los Angeles County are believed to be community spread. CDC reports that illnesses reported from the virus have ranged from mild symptoms to death.

Symptoms may appear from between two and 14 days after exposure. CDC is basing this period of time on previously observed cases of MERS-CoV viruses.

The symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

CDC says that “there is currently no vaccine to prevent [COVID-19]” and that “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.”

But it recommends the following actions to prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

CDC also has specific guidance for travelers. CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. This does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan. There is limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. Widespread, sustained community spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in South Korea. Sustained community spread means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and virus transmission is ongoing. Illness from this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. This new coronavirus has caused severe disease and death in patients who developed pneumonia. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness. On arrival to the United States, travelers from China will undergo health screening. Travelers with signs and symptoms of illness (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) will have an additional health assessment. Travelers who have been in China during the past 14 days, including US citizens or residents and others who are allowed to enter the United States, will be required to enter through specific airports and participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after they left China. Some people may have their movement restricted or be asked to limit their contact with others until the 14-day period has ended. CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • Supplies of hand sanitizer, tissues, and other hygiene products may be limited, so consider bringing them with you
  • Stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after returning to the United States.
  • Avoid traveling if you are sick

If you spent time in China during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever or cough or have difficulty breathing:

  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms
  • Do not travel while sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty