BAYONNE, NJ - Four individuals taken to an area hospital following their arrival in Bayonne on a cruise liner have tested negative for the potentially fatal coronavirus, Governor Phil Murphy announced Saturday.
Three of the individuals who stayed in the same cabin were diagnosed with the flu while the fourth did not have any symptoms, he added.
A total of 27 passengers on the Royal Caribbean ship that docked on Friday who had recently traveled from mainland China were screened by personnel from the U.S, Centers for Disease Control.
The Anthem of the Seas was expected to depart Bayonne on Friday but was delayed while health officials conducted their investigation. The ship is now expected to set sail at 3:00 p.m. Monday on a revised route to Bermuda.
"With a Monday afternoon departure, we wouldn’t arrive into Nassau until around 3:00 PM and would need to depart later that evening to make our way back to Cape Liberty – not a great experience. Given that our goal is to provide you with the best vacation possible, we made the decision to sail to Bermuda, where you’ll have more than a day and a half in port to explore. Plus, the weather forecast is looking favorable in Bermuda during our visit," the cruise line said in a statement.
The World Health Organization said that there are more than 31,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, resulting in about 600 deaths.
In the United States there have been confirmed cases in Washington, Arizona, Illinois, California and Massachusetts.
Murphy concluded his statement by saying that New Jersey has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus and that “the risk to residents remains low."