CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Northern Kentucky woman is one of thousands of passengers being held aboard the Grand Princess, a cruise ship that docked in the Port of Oakland Monday.
The ship reportedly has at least 21 confirmed cases of coronavirus -19 crew members and two passengers. It was forced to idle off the California coast for several days.
Florence resident Kelly Stickrod says it could still take up to three days to get off the ship. Then she says she’ll have to go through additional testing to determine when she’ll be able to come home to the Tri-State.
“It has been very trying, to say the least,” she said.
Stickrod explains she and three of her family members have been quarantined in a room on the ship since 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5.
“Kinda tight quarters there,” she added. “Good thing we all get along pretty well.”
Stickrod and her family members have only been let out of their room for short periods of time.
“We’ve played a lot of cards,” she said. “We’ve watched a lot of movies.”
Healthy staff members have delivered three meals per day to her room and the rooms of other passengers aboard the ship.
As for what’s next once she leaves the ship, Stickrod and her family members will be sent to one of four military bases in California, Texas, or Georgia to be further quarantined and tested for coronavirus.
“Once we get wherever they’re sending us, they will test us,” Stickrod explained. “And anyone that’s positive will be transported to a hospital in that area.”
Even if they test negative, the passengers will still need to be quarantined for 14 days, the duration of the virus’s incubation period.
Still, the Stickrod clan is just excited to get off the ship.
“We’ve been trying to stay positive,” Stickrod said. “In a situation like this, if you let any negativity in, it’s only going to make it worse for you.”
As of Tuesday morning, Stickrod says they have no indication when they will be able to leave the ship.