An Indiana couple trapped on a ship because of Coronavirus could be coming home soon


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(WEHT)- The US is urging Americans on a quarantined cruise ship to take advantage of Sunday’s opportunity to finally leave the “Diamond Princess” behind. At least 24 Americans on board have tested positive for Coronavirus. Which brings the total number of cases on the ship to almost 300. A couple from Knox County Indiana is on that ship.

The Vincennes couple were still under quarantine as of yesterday. An update to their story, they could be put on a plane home soon.

After what was supposed to be a relaxing three weeks at sea, an Indiana couple found themselves stuck in their room for much longer than expected because someone onboard was carrying the deadly coronavirus.

“We were not told of that until the last day of the cruise,” Lisa Levell says.

She says at first all they were told is there would be a delay.

“But then the next day the captain told us at 6 am we would be quarantined to our cabins. That we couldn’t leave our cabins for 14 days.”

14 days without seeing the sun for some of the passengers, the Levells say they’re lucky because they have a balcony. But everything else has been a struggle.

“When we get our food delivered it comes kind of in waves. And I’m thinking it probably takes them 10 or 15 minutes for them to have our complete meal delivered to our room.”

And everyone is taking precautions.

“We always have to have a face mask on when we answer the door. They always have face mask and gloves on to protect them and us,” Levell explains. “We were given thermometers. we were given thermometers about a week ago and told we needed to check our temperature three times a day and if it goes above 37.5 Celsius we are to report it.”

The Levells say the masks and seclusion isn’t even the worst part.

“The scary part of it is every day. every minute of every day you’re thinking that you might contract the virus and what will happen if you do.”

The Levells are apart of a group that will be left off the ship soon. However, everyone will have to be quarantined for another 14 days when they get back to the US.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 15, 2020)

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