St. George Man Being Treated For COVID-19 Released From Utah Hospital
Mar 6, 2020, 12:11 PM | Updated: 11:38 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A St. George man who was being treated for COVID-19 in Murray has been released from the hospital, according to a statement from the Utah Department of Health.
Mark Jorgensen and his wife, Jerri, were two of the thousands of people who were quarantined on a Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan after dozens tested positive for coronavirus. After testing positive for the virus, Jorgensen was transported back to Utah and treated at a self-contained unit at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.
Although he has tested positive for COVID-19, Jorgensen has not shown any symptoms, according to authorities.
On Friday, the Utah Department of Health released Jorgensen from the hospital at the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is currently under a state-issued order to remain isolated from the community.
The order will be in place until he has two consecutive negative tests for COVID-19.
“We have made contact with this patient and have begun our monitoring procedures,” said David Blodgett, Southwest Utah Public Health Department health officer and director. “This patient does not post a risk to the public, and we will continue to work closely with local, state, and federal public health partners to address any future COVID-19 cases in our community.”
There are currently no laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Utah, said state epidemiologist Angela Dunn. However, officials do expect community spread at some point.
“We are ready and prepared for when that happens,” she said.
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