YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (WTWO/WAWV) — A Vincennes couple made a plea for help while on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan. It comes after dozens of passengers tested positive for the coronavirus.
Linda Levell, who was aboard the ship with her husband Jim, spoke with WTWO/WAWV.
Friday, she posted this photo to her Facebook page.
We need your help, please! We do not have any fever, nor do we have any symptoms. We have just been told by a Japanese doctor that they want to test us for the virus. Even though we test negative, he said we will still be quarantined at least another 14 days! Please help us by contacting your elected representatives and get us a plane home, like they did for the Wuhan evacuees. We want to be tested and quarantined in the United States, if necessary. At least we will be in our wonderful country,” she wrote.
A Vincennes couple is currently quarantined aboard a ship in Japan.
Jim and Linda Levell decided to take a cruise through Southeast Asia to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They boarded Diamond Princess Jan. 20.
“The first two weeks of the trip we were wonderful,” Linda said during a phone interview.
But things changed as passengers began testing positive for the coronavirus. The ship docked in Yokohoma, Japan.
“Then the next morning at 6:00, we were told we were not to leave our cabins. We were quarantined to our cabins for 14 days.”
Meals are delivered to each room.
“We always have to have our facemasks on when we answer the door,” Linda explained. “They have face masks and gloves on to protect them and us.”
Each cabin received thermometers, and passengers are required to take their temperatures three times a day. If a fever develops, it is reported to medical staff.
Linda and her husband said they are physically feeling fine, but the quarantine is starting to take a toll on them emotionally. Despite being able to watch television and use their phones, there is still plenty of time left to worry.
“The really scary part of it is that ever day every minute of the day, you are thinking about that you might contract the virus and what would happen if you do,” Linda said.
Linda said they were lucky enough to have a room with a balcony. Friends of theirs have an inside cabin that doesn’t even have a window.
“Just the last few days, they’ve starting letting those people out maybe an hour a day up on deck,” she noted. “They have to wear a face mask and can’t get within six feet of anyone else.”
Linda said she appreciates the crew–she even made them Valentine’s decorations and posted them on the cabin door. She is also thankful for family and friends back in Vincennes.
“We so appreciate all the love and support they have given us,” she said. “It’s just been overwhelming and we can’t wait to get home.”
According to a Facebook post from Friday night, Linda is asking for help from the public in getting back to America.