Cruise ship COVID outbreak: Louisiana officials find "probable" Omicron case
Louisiana health authorities said a suspected Omicron case was one of 17 confirmed COVID-19 infections among the passengers and crew of a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship that returned to New Orleans Sunday.
Driving the news: The Norwegian Breakaway departed New Orleans on Nov. 28 with more than 3,200 people on board, before making stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico, according to a Louisiana Department of Health statement.
- The department said Saturday that 10 COVID-19 cases had been identified among passengers and crew. One of these was a "probable" Omicron case, per a department statement Sunday evening announcing that seven more infections had been confirmed.
- Norwegian said in a statement to news outlets Sunday morning that all of the cases initially confirmed were asymptomatic and everyone was being tested before disembarkation in New Orleans.
For the record: Norwegian requires all passengers and crew to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Cruise lines tightened health protocols once sailing resumed earlier this year, with many imposing vaccine requirements.
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