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Crosscurrents

Life Aboard The Quarantined Grand Princess

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Noah Berger
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AP Photos
Tents stand on a wharf near the Grand Princess at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Monday, March 9, 2020

Health workers and officials continue to process, treat, and quarantine passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship that docked in Oakland on Monday. At least 21 of the 3,500 people aboard were diagnosed with COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus. At least one couple has filed a lawsuit for gross negligence. The couple, from Florida, seeks a million dollars against Princess Cruise Lines for allowing them to be exposed to the virus. Meanwhile, many of the ship’s passengers are currently in quarantine at a hotel on Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. One of them is James N. Frey. He and his wife Elizabeth live in North Berkeley. They regularly take cruises and were returning from Hawaii when coronavirus cases were discovered on board. We reached James by phone at the hotel where he’s required to stay for two weeks.

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Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.
Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.