Eddie Burgos Ragodon, a crew member on the Disney Wonder, died while onboard the ship earlier this week. Ragodon, deemed part of the essential crew, served as a painter, and was one of fewer than 300 crew members still aboard the ship.
According to an anonymous crew member, Mr. Ragodon had recently sought medical treatment on the ship for chills. Disney Cruise Line will test Ragodon to determine whether or not COVID-19 played a part in his death. According to the Miami Herald, since March 1st, 255 people who have been on board the Wonder have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Disney Wonder is currently sailing under “provisionally green” CDC status. This status is earned when a ship goes 28 days without a crew member manifesting the signs and symptoms of a “COVID-19-like illness.” According to Disney Cruise Line, the last positive case on the Wonder came on May 8th.
Mr. Ragodon’s wife and children reside in Las Piñas, Philippines. He was described as “always smiling,” and had many friends onboard. A spokesperson for Disney Cruise Line, Kim Prunty, had this to say regarding Mr. Ragodon via email: “We are saddened by yesterday’s passing of our longtime Crew Member, and we are mourning along with his family.”
Source: Miami Herald