The death of the crew member aboard a Matson ship, M/V Papa Mau was not COVID-related, according to the company’s press statement.
The Matson ship which arrived at the Port Authority of Guam from a previous port call from Palau, reported that a crew member was found dead on board.
Matson said it followed all CDC guidelines and protocols when it calls port on shore.
“All crew members were recently tested for COVID-19 and all received negative test results. Vessel crew members are not allowed to go ashore at the ports they visit to reduce any risk of exposure to COVID-19. Additional Matson protocols include wearing face masks in the presence of others and sanitizing hands often, sanitizing common and personal areas, practicing physical distancing and limiting access for shoreside personnel,” the statement said.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) in Guam conducted the swabbing.
Matson said all operations resumed once the test results from DPHSS showed the negative result.
Palau’s Ministry of Health EOC Deputy Incident Commander Mr. GaafarUherbelau said that since Matson calls port only for 24 hours and its crew members do not get off from the vessel.
The MOH however screens them for any COVID-related symptoms. (B. Carreon)

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *