(CNN) Most of the Americans who were being monitored at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for coronavirus after evacuating a cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the virus, the hospital says.
UMNC said in a statement Thursday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention verified the Nebraska Public Health Lab results showing that (of the patients have the novel coronavirus . The other two evacuees who were taken to the Omaha hospital tested negative, the statement said.
Several people are exhibiting minor symptoms but others are not showing any symptoms, the release said.
Bert Kelly, a CDC spokesman, told CNN that the agency has verified the results, bringing the total of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States to .
The US Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response asked UNMC early Monday to take in 16 patients who had either tested positive, or had a high likelihood of testing positive, for the novel coronavirus.
The patients had been on a cruise ship docked off the cost of Japan for two weeks.
- UNMC was commissioned by the CDC in 2019 to create the biocontainment unit where three patients currently are. The rest of the patients are in a separate federal quarantine center on the campus that UNMC built through a private-public partnership.
In 2020, UNMC successfully treated three patients with Ebola, and the medical facility has the capacity to manage other highly infectious diseases such as SARS, monkeypox and multidrug -resistant tuberculosis.
CNN’s Jen Christensen contributed to this report.