Published on : Wednesday, August 25, 2021
A 77-year-old woman has died from COVID-19 after testing positive while sailing on a Carnival Cruise to Belize.
As per The Times’ report, the woman departed on the Carnival Vista with her family on July 31 and tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing respiratory complications.
The New York Times reported she was a great-grandmother from Oklahoma.
This marks the first reported death since cruises restarted in the Caribbean and United States in June.
The Carnival Vista cruise ship sailing out of Galveston, Texas, reported 27 people testing positive over two weeks in late July and early August.
This is the highest number of cases since cruises started sailing again.
The outbreak of 27 cases aboard the ship was discovered on the fourth day of an eight-day cruise, shortly before the ship docked in Belize.
Twenty-six of those who tested positive were crew members and the other was a passenger.
Carnival said in a statement that they are very sorry to hear about the death of a guest who sailed on Carnival Vista. Regrettably, there is a fair amount of disinformation about the circumstances of this matter.
As the more contagious Delta variant of the virus continues to spread, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance on Aug. 20.
The CDC guideline recommends that travelers at increased risk for severe illness should avoid going on cruises regardless of their vaccination status.