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'I feel like a leper': Quarantined Kamloops couple nervous after sharing plane with COVID-19 patient

Last Updated Mar 11, 2020 at 5:36 pm PDT

A Kamloops couple spent more than six days in isolation on the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California. (Courtesy Wray McClelland)
Summary

Kamloops couple shared plane ride to military base with person who tested positive for COVID-19

Wray McClelland says he feels 'like a leper'

Man says he wants to be tested but officials say no

TRENTON, ONTARIO (NEWS 1130) – A Kamloops couple isolated at a military base in Ontario admit they are nervous after learning they shared a plane with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Wray McClelland and his wife (who doesn’t want to be named) flew to the base in Trenton Monday night after getting off the Grand Princess cruise ship in Oakland, California.

He says he has no fever, but he has developed a sore throat and he has no idea if that’s simply from talking too much.

“I feel like a leper almost in a leper colony – and I have no idea if I have leprosy or not and no one will test me. I could go home and get exposed for it at work and end up in another two-week quarantine somewhere. Who knows?”

Speaking exclusively with NEWS 1130, McClelland says he and his wife are trying to stay positive, but they are frustrated.

“There’s a good chance that we might have gotten it on the plane, while we were safe on the boat. It’s scary. They are not going to test us. The only time they’re going to test us is if the symptoms are there. They have no idea if we’re positive or negative, so I’m going to end up with a 23-day quarantine and I might be negative the whole time.”

The couple found out Wednesday morning another passenger who boarded a plane in California with dozens of other Canadians has the virus and that person may have developed symptoms en route to Trenton.

McClelland says they’re being treated well after two days quarantined in Trenton, but he misses his daily Diet Coke.

“For me, just diet pop or any sort of pop. They don’t have any yet, so they’ve got juices and they’ve got muffins in packages, some granola bars. They’ve got fruit, apples and oranges as well and then, they drop three hot meals off a day at your door and knock on your door to let you know it’s there.”

He adds they’ve been repeatedly told they won’t get tested unless they develop symptoms.