SOLANO COUNTY, CA — Two passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship who were under federal quarantine at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield recently died from complications from the coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed.
"The staff from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) working with quarantined cruise ship passengers housed at Travis Air Force Base in California is deeply saddened by the recent deaths of two passengers due to complications from the coronavirus," a spokesperson for HHS said in an email to Patch.
"Both passengers were on board the Grand Princess cruise ship and were transferred to area medical facilities immediately after developing COVID-19 symptoms," the spokesperson said.
One passenger died Saturday. The other death occurred Monday.
The deceased were two men, ages 61 and 64, but HHS did not have further information Wednesday about where the two men lived or which hospitals they died in.
Grief support for both families was being provided by HHS and Princess Cruise Lines.
"Our heartfelt condolences to both families," the HHS spokesperson said.
According to the HHS, 1,103 passengers from the Grand Princess elected to be tested for COVID-19, and of those, 103 tested positive while 699 tested negative. The remaining results were pending Wednesday.
The first Californian to die from the coronavirus was a passenger on the Grand Princess. The Placer County resident was a passenger on the ship's Feb. 11-21 voyage from San Francisco to Mexico and back.
When the Grand Princess left a few days later for Hawaii, some passengers from the Mexico trip were still on board.
The ship docked March 9 in Oakland after California Gov. Gavin Newsom delayed its return to the San Francisco Bay Area.
By Friday, March 13, Princess Cruises confirmed that 2,450 people had disembarked the Grand Princess in Oakland. Some were taken to Travis AFB to be quarantined, while others were taken to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.