California public venues, schools close to stop virus spread

SAN FRANCISCO - A cruise ship with at least 21 cases of the new coronavirus is headed to the port of Oakland, California, but will remain in international waters for at least another day as officials worked on plans to transport American passengers to military bases around the U.S. and repatriate international ones.

Local officials in California began ordering the closure of schools and public spaces to try to stop the spread of the virus.

The largest school district in Northern California canceled classes for a week for its nearly 64,000 students after it was discovered a family in the district was exposed to COVID-19.

Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Sunday that more closures are likely around the state as the virus spreads as he prepared for the Monday arrival of the Grand Princess carrying more than 3,500 people from 54 countries.

The port at Oakland was chosen because of its proximity to an airport and a military base, Newsom said. It could take up to three days to prepare the port site and get everyone off the ship, he said Sunday.

Archbishop Riordan High School will be closed Monday after a parent of a student tested positive for the coronavirus, officials told parents over the weekend.

Officials from the all-boys private Catholic school sent a note to parents that a student’s parent had coronavirus and would close the school on Monday out of “an abundance of caution” while they conduct a deep cleaning of the campus, KPIX reported.

Ship passengers who need medical treatment or hospitalization will go to health care facilities in California, while state residents who don’t require acute medical care will go a military base north of San Francisco or another near San Diego.

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