Third Utahn diagnosed with coronavirus following cruise outbreak

(Eugene Hoshiko | AP) A bus carrying the passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship escorted by Japan Self Defense Forces vehicles leaving a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking since Wednesday.

A Utah man was diagnosed with coronavirus Tuesday while under quarantine in California following an outbreak on his cruise ship in Japan.

“Well, I just got the news I’ve been dreading: I’ve tested positive for the coronavirus,” Mark Jorgensen, of St. George, wrote Tuesday on social media. His wife, Jerri, previously tested positive for the virus following an outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and has been quarantined at a hospital in Japan.

Another Utahn, John Haering of Tooele, also was among the hundreds of Diamond Princess passengers diagnosed with the virus. He was taken to a hospital in Chiba prefecture in Japan.

Jorgensen wrote that his temperature was normal and he had no other symptoms. He has been quarantined at Travis Air Force Base along with other passengers from the ship.

On Wednesday morning, Mark Jorgensen posted that he was en route from the base to a hospital.

“The ambulance followed by federal marshals seemed a little excessive, but okay,” he wrote.

No patients within Utah have tested positive for coronavirus, health officials have said. Worldwide, the virus has infected 81,000 patients, killing 2,700, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday morning.

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