Medical tests for 13 from cruise ship await federal review

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Results from new tests for the COVID-19 disease on 13 people evacuated to an Omaha hospital from a cruise ship in Japan await confirmation from federal experts, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

Taylor Wilson with Nebraska Medicine said results from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention aren’t expected for several days.

The 13 were part of a larger group of American citizens who’d been aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship and flown back to the U.S. One of the 13 was placed in a biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medical Center to receive a higher level of care because he had a cough and other symptoms in addition to a chronic illness that places him at higher risk for complications. The other 12 are in the National Quarantine Unit nearby on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus, officials said.

All the travelers will remain at the university hospital for at least 14 days, officials said after the 13 landed Monday at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield.

The new patients came as 57 U.S. evacuees continued to be quarantined at a Nebraska National Guard training base just southwest of Omaha.

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