Olympia lady isolated on a cruise ship in Japan tests positive for coronavirus

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An Olympia lady who was isolated on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan over coronavirus concerns says she has tested positive for the virus.

Marianne Obenchain was flown back to the U.S. on Monday by chartered flights from the U.S. government after being isolated on the ship since Feb. 4.

She showed up at an isolated facility in California where she experienced testing for the virus. She was told her outcomes returned positive for coronavirus, presently known as COVID-19 and transferred to a hospital in Napa.

“When I found out, I just thought back ‘well you know I haven’t shown any symptoms yet, so I’m still doing good,’ so I’m not going to complain,” said Obenchain.

Obenchain, alongside a huge number of different travelers, were trapped in the U.S.- worked Diamond Princess for 12 days because of the virus. Travelers needed to wear masks and remain in their rooms.

Many individuals who were on the ship have tested positive for COVID-19.

“You get a little bit more perspective, that it’s not all about you,” said Obenchain from her hospital room in Napa on Wednesday. “There are other people affected, probably worse than I have been, but I can either be a victim or I can choose not to think that way and walk away from this victorious.”

Obenchain said she’s simply happy she’s back in the United States at all.

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