The Californian woman tells about a man diagnosed with coronavirus, just a day after they were evacuated
A woman from California who has been evacuated from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan claims that her husband has been tested positive for corona virus since returning to the US.
Jeri Seratti-Goldman and her husband, Carl Goldman, of Santa Clarita, were taken to Nebraska with other “high-risk” passengers after allegedly developing a high fever during an evacuation flight to the United States.
Carl underwent a smear after arrival and was diagnosed with coronavirus, Jeri claims.
Earlier this week, health officials reported that a passenger had been transported to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of only three such facilities in the country, who were deemed qualified to treat patients with the Ebola outbreak.
Little was revealed about the patient in the biocontainment unit, except that he or she had a fever and light-headedness and an underlying condition
Jeri says the patient in a ‘special care department’ is her husband, who was placed there because he could not walk when the plane landed and suffers from a rare autoimmune disease.
Jeri Seratti-Goldman says that her husband, Carl Goldman, has tested positive for the corona virus and has been placed in a special biocontainment unit in Nebraska. Pictured: Carl arrives in Nebraska and is placed on a stretcher to be taken to Nebraska Medicine
The couple were on vacation on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined on February 5. Pictured: Carl (far left) and Jeri (far right) with their friends during one of the cruise stops
The Goldmans were through it on the cruise Southeast Asia with friends of them – another couple – and the trip was intended as a 60th birthday gift and a Christmas gift for Jeri.
But the dream vacation turned into a nightmare when the captain announced that a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong came down with the corona virus four days after departure.
The ship sailed on February 5 to a port in Yokohama, Japan, where it anchored and the passengers were placed in quarantine for 14 days.
Carl and Jeri, owners of KHTS radio station, shared their ordeal in one blog on the station’s website and in a series of Facebook Live videos.
The two were locked in their hotel room for 12 days and were not even allowed to enter the corridor, which made them crazy.
“I think the reason I haven’t killed my husband is because our friends are here,” Jeri said jokingly during a video.
She says that she and her husband were both tested on the cruise ship before being evacuated, but had never heard of their results.
“[We assumed] no news was good news, “Jeri said in another Facebook video.
Twelve days later the couple heard that they would be on one of the two flights back to the US for an extra 14-day quarantine.
During the flight to Travis Air Force Base in California, Jeri says her husband has a fever.
He was placed in the isolated part of the plane, along with the 14 other Americans who were diagnosed with the disease.
“Halfway through the flight, Carl got a fever, a very high fever, and they immediately isolated him,” she said KETV.
Because of this, the couple was considered “high risk” and they were flown to Eppley Airfield in Nebraska, along with 11 others from the other two evacuation flights.
The couple from Santa Clarita, California, were one of the 300 Americans who had been evacuated to the US on Sunday. Pictured: Carl (far left) and Jeri (center, in black) with their friends and crew on the cruise ship
During their flight from Japan to California, Carl got a fever and was isolated. The pair was then transferred to Nebraska. Pictured: Jeri (left) and Carl
By the time they arrived, Jeri said her husband was unable to walk, which he said was due to his rare autoimmune disease.
Carl has Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition where the immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.
As a result, parts of the body – or in some cases the entire body – are paralyzed.
“Because of his Guillain-Barré … he could barely walk,” she said. “They think it’s the Guillain-Barré that worsens the symptoms. So we are all being tested. “
After allegedly diagnosing the deadly virus, he was transferred to a special biocontainment unit in the Nebraska medical center.
“I think I’m just a little bit away from my husband and don’t have any stuff,” Jeri told KETV.
“I’d just like to take a shower, it’s two days ago, or just wash my hair, but I don’t have the basics to do that.”
So far, 542 people on the ship have tested positive for coronavirus, 14 of whom are Americans. Pictured: buses with American passengers aboard the quarantined cruise leave the port of Yokohama
Although the US said earlier that no infected passenger would be allowed to leave, those who tested positive were still allowed to board the aircraft because they had no symptoms. Pictured: one of two planes landing at Travis Air Force Base in California on which the Goldmans were seated
She says her test results have returned negative, but she is still in another week at the hospital where she will be isolated for nearly two weeks.
Jeri says she can’t see Carl, so they communicate with each other through social media.
“He slept a lot, but when he wakes up, he Facebooks me, so that’s a nice way to communicate,” she said.
More than 73,000 people worldwide are now infected with the virus, while more than 1,800 people have died from it.
In the US, 15 cases have been confirmed, 15 in the country and individually one American citizen has died in China.