East TN Woman Aboard Quarantined Cruise Ship Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An East Tennessee couple trapped on a cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Dr. Arnold and Jeannie Hopland will remain quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess after Jeannie tested positive for the virus.

There were two chartered flights back to the U.S. Sunday if they tested negative. Arnold plans to stay with his wife. The cruise ship has been the site of the largest Coronavirus outbreak outside of China. It’s been docked at a harbor in Tokyo since February 5th.

The two charter flights have landed in the United States. The first plane carrying American passengers landed at a Northern California air force base just before midnight Sunday. A second flight touched down at a San Antonio air force base around 2 1/2 hours later, early Monday.

Passengers will be quarantined for two weeks to make sure they don’t have the new virus that’s been spreading in Asia. Japan’s defense minister tweeted earlier that Japanese troops helped transport 340 U.S. passengers from the port to Tokyo’s airport. About 380 Americans were on the cruise ship.

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