Port of Long Beach says it will shut down vessels at new ports
Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Pedro in California, all owned by the Port of New Orleans, have been closed to the public since Wednesday due to a bacterial outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people and led to the closure of ports in other states, the Port Authority said Thursday.
The Port Authority will open all other ports to passengers, but the agency said the outbreak will not affect passenger movements.
“We are working hard to ensure passengers and crew are safe, and we have begun monitoring the situation to ensure that passengers are able to safely access their favorite places on the platform,” the authority said in a statement.
Port of San Diego closed to passengers Thursday.
“The Port of Newport, Newport News and San Diego have all been closed in order to maintain the integrity of our ports,” the Port authority said.
Port Authority spokesman Chris Nieves said the agency was notifying travelers who were planning to travel to New York or Boston that they would have to be held at the Port’s terminals, which will be closed until Monday.
The authority said it had notified people of possible illnesses but declined to provide details.
The outbreak comes as a global economic crisis in the United States is expected to worsen in the coming weeks and months, including as many as one-third of Americans will have to leave their homes for a year or more because of the pandemic.
About 1.6 million people in the U.S. have been exposed to the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
About 20,000 Americans have died, and another 4,600 are being treated in hospitals.
The CDC says more than 5.5 million people have been vaccinated for the virus.