14th American cruise ship passenger arriving in Omaha for coronavirus quarantine

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) --

4:50 p.m.

Another American evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship is being taken to the Nebraska Medical Center for coronavirus monitoring, officials said Monday.

The person tested positive for the disease but was previously being monitored at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. They are expected to arrive later today at Eppley Airfield.

They are the spouse of one of the 13 people brought to Omaha on Feb. 17 for monitoring. They will be taken directly to the National Quarantine Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center campus.

The landing at Eppley will be similar to previous coronavirus patients - the plane will remain in an isolated area on the tarmac away from the main passenger terminal.

2:20 p.m.

The 13 people evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship for the coronavirus are still being monitored by Nebraska Medicine, while one of the 13 has been transferred from biocontainment to the quarantine unit.

Officials said Monday a total of 11 people are being held in the National Quarantine Unit while two others are still being monitored in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.

Currently, 11 have tested positive for COVID-19. The two who remain negative and could leave quarantine as early as March 2.

Nebraska Medicine said they continue to care for the group's personal needs along with having behavioral health experts on-site. They are also launching an internal virtual town hall, so evacuees can talk to each other.

There are 35 cases of coronavirus nationally. Internationally, there have been spikes in new confirmed cases in Italy and South Korea.

Italy has canceled public events in efforts to limit the virus’ spread.