Shockingly new photos show that 13 crew members of two Costa cruise ships were treated by doctors after being taken to shore by the Miami lifeboat on Thursday with the symptoms of coronavirus.
The crew members, who were on board the Costa Favolosa and Costa Magica, all needed ‘life critical care’ due to respiratory problems.
Doctors and nurses saw the temperatures of several cruise ship employees, all dressed in hazmat suits.
The sickly crew members were then taken to the hospital by ambulance for further treatment and to be tested for COVID-19.
There are 1,926 crew members remaining on board the Costa Favolosa and Costa Magica, both of which are anchored off the coast of Miami.
Initially, it was hoped that the boats could dock in the city, but a company spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Friday that they were not allowed to do so.
Instead, the crew will remain on board the boats until charters can be organized to repatriate them to their home country. A majority of the crew is from Europe and Asia.
All passengers on both ships were able to disembark earlier this month, as the crew remained on board.
Shockingly new photos show that 13 crew members of two Costa cruise ships are being treated by doctors after being taken to shore by the Miami lifeboat on Thursday with symptoms of coronavirus
Doctors and nurses saw the temperatures of several cruise ship employees, all dressed in hazmat suits
The sickly crew members were then taken to the hospital by ambulance for further treatment and to be tested for COVID-19
There are 1,926 crew members on the Costa Favolosa and Costa Magica, both of which are anchored off the coast of Miami. They are not allowed to dock in the city. The Costa
The Costa Favolosa and Costa Magica both departed earlier this month on 7 and 14-night cruises in the Caribbean, according to the Miami Herald.
However, the trips were interrupted on March 13 when parent company Carnival Corporations announced it would suspend operations for 30 days amid the global corona virus pandemic.
All passengers and a small number of crew members were able to disembark the boats in Guadeloupe and nearby Martinique.
Three passengers and three Costa Favolosa crew who left the ship then tested positive for COVID-19
One passenger and one crew member from the Costa Magica also tested positive for the highly contagious virus.
In the 13 days since the passengers disembarked, the ships traveled through the Caribbean in search of a port – until the United States intervened.
One of the ailing crew members is seen in a wheelchair while being monitored by health experts
The crew members wore hazmat suits and were inspected by doctors as soon as they arrived on dry land, and several ambulances were on hand to escort them to the hospital
Doctors did not take any change, wearing gowns and protective masks and gloves when they brought crew members to shore
Amazing footage filmed on Thursday afternoon saw more than a dozen Costa Favolosa and Costa Magica crew members jump into lifeboats to reach the mainland United States
The two cruise ships had no access to ports in the Caribbean
Jackson’s Jackson Health Systems in Miami told CBS they will partner with Baptist Health to treat sick crew members
In a statement, the U.S. Coast Guard told The Miami Herald, “The Coast Guard monitors the situation of both passenger ships in progress and works with federal, state, and local port partners as coordination efforts are made to provide mariners and crew who have higher medical care required. ‘
Jackson’s Jackson Health Systems in Miami told CBS they will partner with Baptist Health to treat sick crew members.
“While we are all committed to preserving resources for our own residents, an international community like Miami would never turn its back on people on ships off our coast,” they said.
“A Jackson emergency room team worked with the U.S. Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to accommodate these symptomatic patients at the Coast Guard station, and they will be hospitalized until they can return home safely. “.
A passenger and crew member from the Costa Magica (photo) tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. The boat is pictured off the coast of Miami on Thursday
Several cruise ships have seen COVID-19 outbreaks in recent weeks, with experts claiming that the close boundaries of thousands of people make the ships a perfect breeding ground for the highly contagious virus.
Earlier this month, at least 103 passengers on the Grand Princess cruise also tested positive for COVID-19.
Last month, more than 700 people on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess also contracted the disease. Eight of those people died from the virus.
Friday, there are more than 86,000 cases of the virus in the US and 1,300 deaths