Tri-Cities doctor to be removed from Diamond Princess cruise ship, transferred to quarantine at Japanese university

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(WJHL)- News Channel 11 has just learned that Dr. Arnie Hopland of Elizabethton will be removed from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship in a matter of hours and moved to a government facility outside Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Hopland and his wife Jeanie were aboard the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship for several weeks.

Just before they were scheduled to board a plane back to the United States, Jeanie tested positive for Coronavirus.

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As of Friday evening, Jeanie remains hospitalized in Tokyo, Japan.

According to documents shared by Dr. Hopland, he’ll be taken by the Japanese government in chartered buses around 2 p.m. Tokyo time, around midnight Friday in the Tri-Cities. Hopland has been told he’ll be moved to a Japanese government facility in Wako Saitama prefecture, University of Tax Agency. The university is one and a half hours away from Tokyo where his wife remains in a hospital.

Documents given to Dr. Hopland indicate he’ll be quarantined at the new location for 14 days from the date Mrs. Hopland was removed from the ship after testing positive for cornavirus. That means he’ll be in quarantine for about another 10 days and then be tested for COVID+19.

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Friday morning, Dr. Hopland said Jeanie did test positive for coronavirus following an initial test at a Tokyo hospital that came back negative earlier this week.

He added that Jeanie was not exhibiting any symptoms and is doing well.

We will continue to follow the Hopland’s journey as they work to get back to the U.S. both on-air and on WJHL.com.

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