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Jerri and Mark Jorgensen, from St. George, were among the thousands quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan. (Jorgensen Family)
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Utah Man Quarantined In California Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Jerri and Mark Jorgensen, from St. George, were among the thousands quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan. (Jorgensen Family)

FAIRFIELD, Calif. – A Utah man quarantined at Travis Air Force Base in California has tested positive for COVID-19.

St. George resident Mark Jorgensen confirmed his diagnosis on Facebook Tuesday night and said he will be transferred to a local hospital within a few hours.

Jorgensen said his temperature was normal and he was not showing any other symptoms.

“A couple doctors came to my door and said ‘sorry to tell you this but you are positive’ and I was blown away,” Mark Jorgensen said.

Jorgensen was immediately transferred to a nearby hospital where he will spend an unforeseen amount of time quarantined.

“I don’t want to think about three weeks here in this room but if that’s what I am ending up having to do, that’s what I will do,” he said.

Jorgensen will be tested for COVID-19 daily and will need two negative results in a row to be released from the hospital.

On Monday, Jorgensen said his wife, Jerri Jorgensen, had another positive test for the virus in a Facebook video.

He said officials had told him his wife would need two-consecutive negative tests before being released and the earliest day she could be released was March 4.

Jerri Jorgensen was one of hundreds of passengers on a Diamond Princess cruise ship taken to a Japanese hospital after testing positive for the virus.

Mark Jorgensen and Tooele resident Melanie Haering left Japan on an emergency flight on Feb. 15.

The two Utah couples were traveling on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, due to a virus outbreak on the ship.

Jerri Jorgensen and Melanie’s husband, John Haering, were still quarantined in Japan as of Tuesday. 

John Haering received his first negative test since being diagnosed with the virus.

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