At least 86 cruise ships are being investigated for Covid-19 outbreaks by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while another three are being monitored after reporting positive cases onboard.
The CDC’s website shows that 86 ships are being investigated for coronavirus outbreaks under the yellow status while another three ships have orange status, which means they have reported Covid-19 cases on board but do not meet the agency’s threshold for investigation at this point.
Yellow status for cruise ships under the CDC guidelines means that at least one of the following criteria are being met: “at or above the investigation threshold for crew COVID-19 cases; at or above the investigation threshold for passenger COVID-19 cases; or state or local health department notified CDC of passenger COVID-19 cases occurring within 5 days of disembarkation.”
No ships are in the red status area, which the CDC classifies as “at or above the CDC investigation threshold for passenger and crew.”
The color-coding system is for foreign-flagged cruise ships operating in US waters, the CDC says.