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Rome couple cleared to head home after testing negative for coronavirus

A Rome couple is nearly done with their time in quarantine at an Air Force base in Texas after they were potentially exposed to coronavirus on a cruise ship last month.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 2:58 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 3:51 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A Rome couple is nearly done with their time in quarantine at an Air Force base in Texas after they were potentially exposed to coronavirus on a cruise ship last month.

Peter and Cindy Molesky were evacuated from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship after some passengers tested positive for coronavirus.

The couple were quarantined on the ship for two weeks starting Feb. 5, and were taken to Texas to be monitored for another two weeks after that.

Cindy says they were tested on Feb. 21, and those results returned negative for the virus. The two are now cleared to come home next week.

That makes more than six weeks away from home for the couple, who were on the Tokyo trip with relatives Cheryl and Paul Molesky, of Syracuse.

“Between quarantined 12 days on the ship and 14 days here, and so probably we will be just staying home. I’m not sure, we may even self-quarantined at home to be sure because I don’t want to make anyone nervous,” said Cindy.

While on the base in San Antonio, Cindy says they received crayons, colored pencils and Sudoku puzzles to pass the time.

When they do go outside, she says they have to stay six feet away from other people. She also says they must wear face masks when receiving the food that is delivered to them three times a day.

The couple say they can email, call and text friends and family, which has kept their spirits up while they’ve been away.

They also participate in a daily conference call that provides updates on their situation and coronavirus activity.

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