PortandTerminal.com, May 10, 2020
Container ship LEXA MAERSK had to interrupt her voyage and call Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands, to medevac an ill seaman with fever symptoms.
US VIRGIN ISLANDS – A crew member transported from a Maersk cargo vessel Thursday evening has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in critical condition at Schneider Regional Medical Center in the US Virgin Islands.
A government statement said the man was suffering from “respiratory distress” and after being refused entry into Puerto Rico was brought to St. Thomas.
“From what we know, this individual who was suffering respiratory distress needed immediate medical attention and probably would not have survived a days-long trip to the U.S. Mainland without acute care,” Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said. “Giving this patient a fighting chance is the right thing to do.”
Maersk, a Danish company which is one of the largest cargo companies in the world, does not usually service the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“To the extent possible, the USVI will assist in providing any humanitarian assistance it can during this pandemic,” the release said.
Bryan said that first responders in the Virgin Islands “are among the best and take every precaution to protect not only themselves but our community as well.”
The vessel left Charlotte Amalie at noon on Friday.
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