Chattanooga couple quarantined in Texas, Elizabethton couple still in Japan


(WATE) — Another Tennessee couple is back in America but remained quarantined following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

One of the two chartered planes carrying over 300 Americans arrived at the Lackland Air Force Base Monday morning after they were stranded on the diamond princess cruise ship for the past two weeks. The two planes touched down in California and Texas.

One of two Tennessee couples aboard that ship was able to make that trip back to the U.S. So far, John and Connie Buecker haven’t tested positive but still face a mandatory two-week quarantine before they can head home to Chattanooga.

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Meanwhile, the Hoplands’ from Elizabethton are still in Japan.

They were set to come home until Jeannie tested positive for novel coronavirus on Sunday. She is now at a Tokyo hospital.

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Her husband Arnold, who tested negative, is being forced to stay on the ship. Doctor Hopland said their luggage was taken so all they have are the clothes on their backs and their phones.

It’s unclear when they could return home.


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