A two-week cruise to Hawaii turned into four weeks of confinement for a Woodrow Wilson graduate trapped on a cruise ship carrying passengers diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Bill Miegel, class of 1967, and his wife, Cindy, are among 3,500 passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship, the Woodrow Wilson Alumni Association posted Monday on Facebook.

Although there have been 21 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the ship, the Miegels are not showing symptoms, according to the post. Once they disembark, they will be screened and taken to the Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio for two weeks of quarantine.

On Thursday, the couple’s daughter posted about her parents’ predicament on Facebook. She asked her followers for prayer and reposted a message from her father.

He wrote:

Cindy and I are presently on the Grand Princess slowly puttering around in international waters waiting for the CDC to decide what to do with our ship. We have been relegated to our rooms and meals will be delivered to our rooms. Helicopters are coming and going with CDC employees taking samples from persons showing symptoms back to a lab in California. Results should be back early am. Currently neither one of us has any symptom of the virus.

The Grand Princess, which was held for days off the coast of California because of the virus, was finally allowed to dock Monday in Oakland, California. The disembarkment process is expected to last several days.

Those who need medical treatment will get off first, followed by the other passengers, who will be taken to military bases in California, Georgia or Texas for screening and a 14-day quarantine.


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