Thirteen of the 300-some American passengers evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that’s been quarantined for two weeks in Japan are now back in the US, considered ‘high risk’ for coronavirus infection and undergoing treatment for the infection, with one confined to a special biocontainment unit in Nebraska. Officials Monday morning confirmed that 14 of the passengers being evacuated to the U.S. had tested positive for coronavirus, but would still be allowed to fly back – in isolation chambers – on board the same planes as passengers who were negative for the virus. About 10 of the 13 ‘high risk’ patients have already tested positive for coronavirus, said officials in Nebraska, where 12 of the 13 passengers are now in isolation at the National Quarantine Unit in the Davis Global Center in Omaha – the only permanent federal quarantine facility in the US. One passenger has been transported to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit after the presented with a cough and lightheadedness after landing at Eppely Air Field. Local officials said that the person has a chronic health condition, but did not specify what sort. The biocontainment unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of just three… Read full this story
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