A Filipino crew member, employed by Disney Cruise Line as a painter aboard the Disney Wonder, died on Tuesday according to the Miami Herald.
Eddie Burgos Ragodon visited the cruise ship’s medical center in recent days with chills, according to another crew member who communicated with the newspaper. It appears that he did not undergo a test for COVID-19 recently. The article states that Disney will now test Mr. Ragodon for COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via an email to the newspaper.
Mr. Ragodon’s Facebook page shows him on the Disney Wonder in San Diego throughout the months of March and April (including photographed in isolation in his cabin), sailing through the Panama Canal in early June, and arriving at several ports in the Caribbean in Barbados and Jamaica in later June where the ship finally repatriated crew members to their homes in the islands.
On June 13th, Mr. Ragodon posted on Facebook: “Goodbye fellow filipino crew…transffered to Disney Dream to wait for thier charttered flight going home on june??Me…i will stay on board until ???”
Goodbye fellow filipino crew…transffered to Disney Dream to wait for thier charttered flight going home on june??Me…i will stay on board until ????⚓⚓⚓
Disney Wonder – One of the Largest COVID-19 Outbreaks on a Cruise Ship
The Miami Herald reported that “at least 255 people on board the Disney Wonder have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 1, the CDC said, making it among the largest known cruise ship outbreaks.” The Herald is the first newspaper to report on the widespread COVID-19 outbreak on the Disney Wonder which we reported on in articles dated and April 5, April 6, May 19, 2020.
On Friday, a San Diego County resident who was a passenger aboard the Disney Wonder reportedly has tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to a local hospital . . .
There is no question that a large number of former guests on the Disney cruise ship developed COVID-19 symptoms after they disembarked in San Diego from the March 6 to March 19 cruise from New Orleans to San Diego. Disney also knew that a guest who had cruised on a prior cruise to Mexico from February 27th to March 2nd had tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from that cruise.
Our firm is aware of at least three passengers on the Disney Wonder who later died due to COVID-19.
Regarding Mr. Ragodon, it is less than clear whether he had been tested for coronavirus in back in April or March. In early May, Disney tested all the crew members on the Disney Wonder at that time. 203 crewmembers out of 737 tested positive for COVID-19 according to the CDC.
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Photo credit: Eddie Burgos Ragodon Facebook page.