Texas Governor Abbott signed a law in March banning businesses from requiring masks. Thankfully that has been challenged by several school districts and the latest court ruling sides with the schools instituting the mandates. Last week Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID and yet that has not changed his stance. That’s all background for this story about an outbreak on a cruise ship. On an eight day Carnival cruise sailing out of Galveston, 27 people tested positive for coronavirus. A 77 year-old woman, identified as Marilyn Tackett of Oklahoma, has since died. It is unclear if she was vaccinated, although the GoFundMe set up by her family does not mention it. Below are a few more details via CNBC:
The Carnival Vista cruise ship sailing out of Galveston, Texas, reported 27 people testing positive over two weeks in late July and early August, the highest number of cases since cruises started sailing again.
NBC News was working to confirm the identity of the woman, who died on Aug. 14. The New York Times reported she was a great-grandmother from Oklahoma.
The woman departed on the Carnival Vista with her family on July 31 and tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing respiratory complications, the Times reported. She was admitted to a hospital in Belize and put on a ventilator before being evacuated to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and receiving treatment.
The outbreak of 27 cases aboard the ship was discovered on the fourth day of an eight-day cruise, shortly before the ship docked in Belize. Twenty-six of those who tested positive were crew members and the other was a passenger.
“We are very sorry to hear about the death of a guest who sailed on Carnival Vista,” Carnival said in a statement. “Regrettably, there is a fair amount of disinformation about the circumstances of this matter.
“The guest almost certainly did not contract COVID on our ship, and she was assisted with expert medical care on board and was ultimately evacuated from Belize after we provided a resource to her family. We have continued to provide support to her family and are not going to add to their sadness by commenting further.”
This story is just so sad and infuriating. It could have been completely avoided as it is more than likely that Marilyn wasn’t vaccinated. This story to is like a warning for the cruise industry. Having 27 people test positive on an eight day cruise could definitely lead to the situation we had at the beginning of the pandemic where cruise ships were marooned at sea. I blame most of these unnecessary deaths on the Republican party and media sowing doubt and misinformation. This grandmother could possibly have several more years spending time with her family. I hope that these cruise lines continue to fight Texas on their vaccination passport ban. Passengers need to be vaccinated to protect themselves, the other guests and their crew members. An outbreak on a cruise just sounds like a nightmare.