Two Grand Princess Passengers Have Died From COVID-19

The Grand Princess cruise traveled through the San Francisco Bay on March 9 to dock in the Port of Oakland carrying crew and passengers who'd been infected with the coronavirus.
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Two former passengers of the Grand Princess cruise ship have died from COVID-19. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the deaths. Both passengers were men in their 60s. One died on Saturday, the other passed on Monday, officials said. 

One passenger went straight from the ship to a hospital for treatment. The other was housed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield to be quarantined along with thousands of other passengers from the ship, but was hospitalized when he began showing symptoms.

San Francisco resident Lyn Hamilton was also quarantined at Travis AFB along with her husband before being released on Tuesday after showing no symptoms for 14 days.

“We feel comfortable in that obviously we didn’t come in contact with anyone that tested positive," Hamilton said, "but then again, who’s to say?”

Of the 1,100 passengers at Travis AFB who opted to be tested for the virus, 103 have tested positive. 

The ship came under quarantine earlier this month after several passengers who had already disembarked after an earlier voyage tested positive for the virus

The ship remains anchored in the San Francisco Bay with hundreds of crew members still on board. 

Reported by Holly Quan, written by Jessica Yi.