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March 10, 2020 3:45 PM

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates

We are closely monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). As always, protecting the safety and health of passengers, crew and staff are top priorities for the Galveston Wharves.

According to public health officials, the current risk to the U.S. public from this novel coronavirus is low, although the emergence of any new virus presents a challenge to public health and health care systems.

While no suspected or confirmed novel coronavirus cases have been reported in Galveston County, the Galveston Wharves, the cruise and shipping lines that berth here, and other decision-making entities are continuously monitoring the situation.

We are implementing measures to ensure the health and well-being of passengers and employees. In response to this new virus, the port has increased the use of virus and bacteria-killing disinfectants, additional cleaning in the cruise terminals including restrooms, and increased deep cleaning to “high touch” areas like handrails, escalators, elevator buttons and restroom doors.

Health officials continue to emphasize the risk to the public is low and people should continue to follow proactive preventative procedures including washing hands frequently and staying home if sick.

Coronavirus is a fluid situation and we continue to work closely with various federal, state and local agencies and officials to follow their recommendations and to share updates, guidance, and information on what actions need to be taken.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States on January 21, 2020.

Port officials will provide updated information when received.

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March 26, 2020 6:35 PM

Carnival Crew COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Mississippi

Carnival Cruise Lines received results Wednesday, March 25, confirming that a crew member on board the Carnival Freedom tested positive for COVID-19. The ship sailed from Galveston on March 8 and returned on March 14. On that same day, it sailed with crew only to Gulfport, Miss., where it remains docked.

Galveston Wharves received confirmation of the COVID-19 case the afternoon of Thursday, March 26. Port staff immediately contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, which is the local authority on port coronavirus response. The Coast Guard confirmed that they were contacted about the case on Wednesday and that no action was needed by the Port of Galveston.

Per its protocols, port staff immediately notified members of its infectious disease response team and is gathering additional information to determine what, if any, additional measures the team may recommend. The team is made up of federal, state and local governmental agencies, including those mentioned below.

The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Galveston County Health District, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have absolute authority during any public health incident, including issues related to any infectious disease. These agencies dictate the protocols, and the port follows them.

In an effort to combat spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and ensure port safety, we are following our Galveston County Health Department (GCHD) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations by taking the following actions:

Enforcing social distancing
Deep cleaning throughout our facilities
Ensuring our gate guards and law enforcement are exercising recommended safeguards when dealing with personnel and port visitors, as well as limiting unnecessary personal contact.

We will continue to provide updates as the coronavirus situation evolves.

Prior Updates

March 25, 2020 6:24 PM

The Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston remains open for business. We continue to move cargo at our terminals while taking all precautions necessary to protect workers during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County
NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the port

Currently, all terminals are open and operating with the exception of our two cruise terminals. The two cruise terminals are currently being used to berth cruise ships that routinely sail from Galveston. These cruise ships will periodically sail with only crew members onboard while
customary daily maintenance is being performed.

The Administrative offices continue to be open with employees working remotely.

We are following our Galveston County Health Department (GCHD) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations by taking the following actions:
• Enforcing social distancing
• Deep cleaning throughout our facilities
• Ensuring our gate guards and law enforcement are exercising recommended safeguards when dealing with personnel and port visitors, as well as limiting unnecessary personal contact.
• Not allowing the public to enter into our facilities (Construction & Maintenance, Cruise Terminals, Police Department, Administrative Offices)

We continue to work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Galveston County Health District and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

We continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We know this is a concerning time, and our thoughts are with those who have been affected.



March 23, 2020 9:05 AM

The Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston remains open for business. We continue to work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Galveston County Health District and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

Galveston Wharves remains open and continues to move cargo at our terminals while taking all precautions necessary to protect workers during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Currently, all terminals are open and operating with the exception of our two cruise terminals. The two cruise terminals are currently being used to berth cruise ships that normally sail from Galveston. These cruise ships will periodically sail with only crew members that will remain on the ship.

The Administrative offices continue to be open with employees working remotely.

We are following our Galveston County Health Department (GCHD) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations by taking the following actions:
• Enforcing social distancing
• Deep cleaning throughout our facilities
• Ensuring our gate guards and law enforcement are exercising recommended safeguards when dealing with personnel and port visitors, as well as limiting unnecessary personal contact.
• Not allowing the public to enter into our facilities (Construction & Maintenance, Cruise Terminals, Police Department, Administrative Offices)

We continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We know this is a concerning time, and our thoughts are with those who have been affected.

March 20, 2020 3:50 PM

The Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston remains open for business. We continue to work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Galveston County Health District and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

Galveston Wharves remains open and continues to move cargo at our terminals while taking all precautions necessary to protect workers during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Currently, all terminals are open and operating with the exception of our two cruise terminals. The two cruise terminals are currently being used to berth cruise ships that normally sail from Galveston. These cruise ships will periodically sail with only crew members that will remain on the ship.

We are following our Galveston County Health Department (GCHD) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations by taking the following actions:
• Enforcing social distancing
• Deep cleaning throughout our facilities
• Ensuring our gate guards and law enforcement are exercising recommended safeguards when dealing with personnel and port visitors, as well as limiting unnecessary personal contact.
• Not allowing the public to enter into our facilities (Construction & Maintenance, Cruise Terminals, Police Department, Administrative Offices)

We continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We know this is a concerning time, and our thoughts are with those who have been affected.

March 18, 2020 2:34 PM

The Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston remains open for business. We continue to work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Galveston County Health District and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

Galveston Wharves remains open and continues to move cargo at our terminals while taking all precautions necessary to protect workers during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Currently, all terminals are open and operating with the exception of our two cruise terminals. The two cruise terminals are currently being used to berth cruise ships that normally sail from Galveston. These cruise ships will periodically sail with only crew members that will remain on the ship.

We continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We know this is a concerning time, and our thoughts are with those who have been affected. Click on the link for more information https://lnkd.in/eQJDDqR

March 17, 2020 3:51 PM

Today, March 17, 2020 the Mayor of Galveston enacted two orders closing public amusement venues, including bars, and limiting restaurants to take-out, delivery and drive-thru services, following federal guidelines regarding Coronavirus and public gatherings. Below is the official press release.
City closing public entertainment venues and limiting food services, per federal guidelines
GALVESTON, TX – March 17, 2020 – Mayor Jim Yarbrough on Tuesday enacted two orders closing public amusement venues, including bars, and limiting restaurants to take-out, delivery and drive-thru services, following federal guidelines regarding Coronavirus and public gatherings.

The order requires the closure of public amusement venues operating within the City of Galveston, effective 4 p.m. today. The second order limits restaurants to take-out, delivery and drive-thru only, effective 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Hotel restaurants will still be able to serve guests only. The order also closes bars, effective at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

This includes museums and theme parks, such as the Pleasure Pier, and other large attractions, such as Moody Gardens. The orders were signed into effect by the Galveston Mayor on Tuesday, as permitted under the emergency declaration enacted Monday, as authorized by the Texas Government Code Chapter 418.

This decision is intended to reduce the risk of community spread and protect the health of our residents. The decision is prompted by the first confirmed case of community spread in Galveston County. By state law, the order will be in effect for seven days, effective immediately.

“These decisions do not come lightly, but are the most prudent we can make at this time,” Mayor Jim Yarbrough said. “This is not to create panic, but is out of an abundance of caution to meet the CDC guidelines and the guidance we have received from the medical community about social distancing.”

The latest federal guidelines were released Monday and include:
• Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
• Avoid discretionary travel like shopping trips and social visits.
• Avoid bars and restaurants and food courts -- instead use drive-through, pickup and delivery options.
• Do not visit aged care facilities.
• If you work in health care, pharmaceutical or food supply, "you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule."
• If someone in your house has tested positive, the entire household should stay home.
• Older people and those with underlying health conditions should stay home.

The administration has called for these guidelines to be in effect for 15 days in an effort to flatten the curve of the virus – meaning reducing the number of infections to prevent overwhelming medical care services. The City of Galveston is following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the federal government to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We continue to closely monitor the situation and will continue providing regular updates to the public.

March 13, 2020 4:00 PM

As of March 13, according to the Galveston County Health District (GCHD), the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case in Galveston County was confirmed today. The threat to the community remains low. The GCHD has opened an information call center to answer individuals’ questions about the virus: 409.938.7221. The health district will promptly report any new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Galveston County. For additional information visit www.gchd.org

On March 13, 2020 President Trump declared a "national emergency" to free up federal resources to combat coronavirus.

Additionally, the president suspended travel from Europe: from 26 European countries to the US for the next 30 days, beginning tonight at midnight.

The State Department has issued a warning to senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions to avoid cruise travel. For more information visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html

Royal Caribbean suspends all cruises passing through the United States for at least 30 days as the country declares a national emergency over the novel coronavirus pandemic, the company announced on Friday. March 13, 2020. For more information visit www.royalcaribbean.com

We continue to monitor this situation and share information with our passengers, partners, staff and community.
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https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/cruise-ship-passengers.html
March 11, 2020 5:28 PM

As of March 11, according to the Galveston County Health District (GCHD), there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County and the threat to the community remains low. The GCHD has opened an information call center to answer individuals’ questions about the virus: 409.938.7221. The health district will promptly report any confirmed COVID-19 cases in Galveston County.

As of March 10, no travel bans have been issued for United States citizens. The State Department has issued a warning to senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions to avoid cruise travel: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/cruise-ship-passengers.html

The CVB is participating in a comprehensive survey with Destinations International about the virus and its effects on the global tourism industry. Results will be reported to our partners as they are revealed.

We will continue to monitor this situation and share information