Forest Grove woman contracts coronavirus on cruise
A Forest Grove woman who was one of 174 people to test positive for coronavirus while on board a cruise ship is said to be "doing OK" despite her illness, according to the family.
Rebecca Frasure tested positive for coronavirus while on board a Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan and was later taken off the ship to be hospitalized, her husband, Kent Frasure, told KOIN 6 News, a news partner of Pamplin Media Group.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the couple landed in Yokohama, Japan, where she received medical care at a hospital. Rebecca Frasure has been kept there since then.
Kent Frasure reported via Twitter on Saturday that his wife was "doing OK" and receiving good care, despite language barriers.
"Rebecca is still in the hospital," Frasure confirmed to the News-Times Tuesday. "She is not receiving any treatment specific to coronavirus. She continues not to have any symptoms."
He noted she was "in her own room," in isolation from other passengers.
Several passengers aboard the cruise ship were quarantined following the outbreak, and the Frasures reportedly had their throats swabbed and temperatures taken.
On Feb. 4, Princess Cruises confirmed it had 10 passengers on board who tested positive for the virus. By Monday, the cruise line reported an additional 66 cases. Saturday, the cruise ship noted it would change course as the vessel was put under quarantine. and passengers were taken ashore for treatment by the Japanese Coast Guard.
"It has been confirmed that the ship will remain under quarantine in Yokohama. The length of the quarantine will be at least 14 days as required by the Ministry of Health," an update via Princess Cruise's web page stated.
"The ship plans to go out to sea to perform normal marine operations including, but not limited to, the production of fresh water and ballast operations before proceeding alongside in Yokohama where food, provisions, and other supplies will be brought onboard."
Kent Frasure said Tuesday that the cruise ship has been "docked in Yokohama 95% of the time," since offloading patients to hospitals.
The cruise line noted it will issue refunds for cruise fare, airfare and hotel stays to passengers, along with future cruise credits.
COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The disease causes fever, cough and diarrhea, and severe infections can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure and death.
Considered a new virus with no known antidote — it's part of the family known as coronaviruses, although medical experts have determined it is a previously unseen strain — it has since killed more than 900 people across the globe.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that as of Feb. 4, more than 20,000 people had contracted the virus in China, and 293 cases were reported in the United States. As cases continue to crop up across North America, U.S. health officials have established 18 different quarantine stations at major ports of entry and have ramped up screening of airline travelers in major airports.
Rebecca Frasure told CNN that she had yet to experience any major symptoms and had not received any medication for the virus. Her husband did not contract the virus, and others in close company didn't either, Kent Frasure told the national news outlet.
This story has been updated to reflect the current number of passengers who contracted the virus.
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