- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Two more Americans who was exposed to a new virus on a cruise ship have been released from quarantine at an Omaha hospital.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center said Wednesday that two more patient have been cleared to leave quarantine by testing negative for COVID-19. Five other people left quarantine at the Omaha hospital earlier this week.

Eight more people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan earlier this month remain at the Omaha hospital. All of those patients have tested positive for COVID-19 and must test negative three times, 24 hours apart, before they can be released.

One of the remaining patients was still in the hospital’s Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Wednesday for treatment of more severe symptoms. The other seven were in the hospital’s National Quarantine Unit.

The release dates for everyone who remains at the hospital will depend on their test results.


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