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In a follow-up on the COVID-19 outbreak among passengers and crew of the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) cruise ship, Norwegian Breakaway, Louisiana state health officials report seven additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 17.

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In addition, officials report one probable case of Omicron which has been identified among the crew. This case is among the 10 cases that had been previously reported. The crew member is not a Louisiana resident and did not leave the ship.

The cruise ship disembarked in New Orleans Sunday.

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Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Department of Health, the City of New Orleans and the Port of New Orleans are aware and working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement existing COVID-19 agreements and protocols with the cruise line.