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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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Latest Update:

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.

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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.