Barrett expected to leave quarantined cruise ship soon
As of Wednesday morning, Donna Barrett of Jamestown is still aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship.
In an email sent to the Blade-Empire, Barrett said that she and her sister, Brenda Cunningham, had not yet been allowed off the ship.
"We've got our luggage tags, so we should get off today, but don’t know yet where we’re going or how we’ll go."
Barrett reports that their spirits are good and they are being well taken care of. "We get food and water from shore, not the ship."
Barrett and her sister had boarded the Grand Princess on February 21. They were en route from Hawaii to Mexico when they were informed that the cruise ship was going to San Francisco because 21 of the 3,500 passengers and crew members had tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus.
Confined to their cabin since March 4, neither Barrett or her sister have virus symptoms.
The Grand Princess was finally allowed to dock at the Port of Oakland on Monday, March 9, but most passengers are still being held onboard. The Associated Press reported that most of the American passengers will be sent to military bases in California, Texas, and Georgia for a 14-day quarantine.