Local woman returns to U.S. after being quarantined in Japan

A Red Bluff woman is back in America after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan.

Posted: Feb 15, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2020 9:04 PM

UPDATE: 3:48 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 - A Red Bluff woman is back in America after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan.

Wanda Schuler arrived at Travis Air Force base late Sunday night.

Schuler was one of more than 300 American’s quarantined on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship because of the coronavirus.

Those passengers will remain under quarantine at the Travis Air Force Base for two weeks.

Action News Now spoke with Schuler on Monday, she said she’s happy to finally be back.

“We’re here, we’re back, thank god,” Schuler said. “I’m an air force retiree so I’m really happy to be here and I pray to god I can stay healthy because there was certainly a lot of exposure on that aircraft.”

Schuler said she’s still trying to get over the jet lag but has managed to get some rest.

She added she’s comfortable with her accommodation. She has a living room, bedroom, shower, kitchenette, and a balcony with a nice view.

Listen to the raw phone interview that Action News Now had with Schuler in the Soundcloud player above.

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RED BLUFF, Calif. - A woman from here at home who has been quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan because of the Coronavirus outbreak will soon be back in America. 

62-year-old Red Bluff resident, Wanda Schuler is among more than 3,700 people, including 428 Americans, who have been quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan for about two weeks. 

Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Japan emailed a letter to the American passengers saying they're finally going to be taken off the ship and flown back to either California or Texas where they must undergo two more weeks of quarantine. 

Schuler says she believes she will be taken to the Travis Air Force Base which is located near Fairfield, California. 

The letter also states that those U.S. citizens who choose not to return via the charter plane "will not be able to return to the United States for a period of time."

Reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with Wanda Schuler on the phone on Saturday, she says she remains in good spirits.

"I just want to be well-informed and know that we are going to be safe and not pose any risk to our family and friends when we get back to the United States and if that means going through another quarantine, so be it," Schuler said. 

The letter from the U.S. Embassy also says, "We recognize this has been a stressful experience and we remain dedicated to providing all the support we can and seeing you safely and expeditiously reunited with family and friends in the United States."

At least 24 Americans are among the 219 people infected with Coronavirus aboard The Diamond Princess Cruise, Schuler is not one of them. 

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