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Crew member on cruise ship docked in Bayonne over coronavirus fears dies for unrelated reasons

Posted: 4:42 PM, Feb 08, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-08 17:19:05-05
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BAYONNE, N.J. — A crew member on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Bayonne to have passengers screened for coronavirus is dead, though his fellow crew members tell PIX11 News his death is believed to be unrelated to the virus.

The man is described as in his 50s and a worker in the ship's engine room.

Four passengers were taken to a hospital for evaluation for the new coronavirus after their cruise ship arrived in New Jersey.

Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement that personnel with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas after it docked in Bayonne on Friday.

They screened 27 passengers who had recently traveled from mainland China. Murphy says 23 passengers were cleared and four were being evaluated at a hospital.

The cruise ship had left Cape Liberty on Jan. 27 for an 11-day cruise to the Caribbean.