Davis: CDC considers further Bayonne cruise coronavirus screenings ‘below low risk’

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Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis tweeted that after screening about two dozen Royal Caribbean passengers that docked in the Peninsula City, only four are going to local hospitals for further screenings, causing officials to deem this a “below low risk” situation.

Photo via Royalcaribbean.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“RC Update: Approx 2 dozen were screened this morning with 4 sent to area hosp for further screening. I was advised CDC considers this “Below Low Risk” situation. All other passengers released w/no action needed,” Davis tweeted at 8:59 a.m.

Just after 6 a.m., the mayor took to social media to inform everyone that a Royal Caribbean cruise ship would be arriving early this morning and that the New Jersey Department of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey would be assessing the situation.

Fortunately, it seems unlikely that anyone on board was infected with the coronavirus, which has already impacted 28 countries across the globe, according to the CDC.

On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order establishing a coronavirus task force and will be chaired by NJ DOH Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

Other representatives will be selected from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety within the Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, governor said.