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.
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?”
"I feel like a leper… and I have no idea if I have leprosy or not and no one will test me." Latest update from Wray McClelland. The #GrandPrincess cruise passenger from #Kamloops now quarantined in #Trenton with his wife tells @NEWS1130 they're trying to stay positive. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Sd7u0RuXEQ
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) March 11, 2020
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.