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Chesterfield couple headed to 14-day quarantine after being released from cruise ship

Posted at 6:57 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 19:01:24-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Chesterfield County couple quarantined on the Grand Princess cruise ship for nearly a week has finally been released off the ship, but their issues could be far from over.

Judy and David McClelland and 3500 other passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship have been quarantined in their rooms since Thursday.

The ship was in a holding pattern off the coast of San Francisco. At least 21 people on the ship tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The process of getting people disembarked has frustrated the Chesterfield couple, especially since Judy has stage IV metastatic breast cancer and is in need of a chemo treatment.

Her frustration grew each day with each new announcement she'd be in a group to disembark.

"Oh, it's been terrible, they have jerked us around so bad," said Judy.

A bucket list cruise for the couple turned into more than four days confined to their room.

"I just don't like being lied to and mislead," said Judy. “All day it was you’re going, you’re not going, you’re going, you’re not going, you’re going, you’re not going.”

One day they were told to leave their room with their bags.

"We lugged all that stuff down and we're sitting down there, and they say, no that's it, nobody else going today, go back to your cabin," she said.

Confined to their room, Judy says she was disappointed in the lack of information. She says the information she did get came from social media.

The couple finally made it off the ship Tuesday just after 2 p.m.

Judy was due Monday for a chemo treatment in Richmond. But instead, she is now facing fourteen days in quarantine at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia.

Judy says she does not know when they will arrive or if she will be able to get the chemo treatment once she gets there.