Southwest Utah Public Health Department confirms second case of coronavirus

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – According to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) a second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the five-county district served by the SWUPHD.

Health officials say the individual is an adult in Washington County who is receiving medical care and say they believe this case appears to be travel-related. SWUPHD has not identified age or gender.

While the adult is the first to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in Southern Utah, the individual is the third Washington County resident to test positive for the virus.

Jerri Jorgensen of St. George tested positive for the coronavirus while on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan with her husband Mark. She has since returned home after receiving two consecutive negative test results. Mark also tested positive for the virus while quarantined at Travis Air Force Base in California. He was eventually transferred to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah before receiving a court-order to quarantine at his St. George home.

Residents of Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver, and Garfield counties are encouraged to protect themselves and others by staying at home when possible and not gathering in groups over 10 people.

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