“You could test positive and you could get it, and now I’m looking to be here potentially 19 days after I arrive,” said Diane Schmidt of Delano.
Diane Schmidt from Delano has been sitting in a hotel room in Mexico since Thursday, unable to leave.
“It could be a long week and a half if I really have to stay that long,” Schmidt said.
On March 27, Schmidt flew to Playa del Carmen for his daughter̵
Schmidt is a practicing nurse in Minnesota Children’s and has been fully vaccinated since early January. However, she chose to receive COVID insurance from the hotel. The $ 30 insurance covers a person’s stay at the hotel for an additional 14 days, including room and meals.
“Now I’m really glad I signed this document,” Schmidt said.
It started on Monday when Schmid began to have a sore throat. She got a cough on Tuesday.
“But it wasn’t bad, and I thought again that I was sleeping with the air conditioning on,” Schmidt recalled.
She had sinus pressure on Wednesday, but still didn’t think it was COVID. On Thursday, she tested for COVID-19 in preparation for her flight on Saturday. Since the end of January, the Centers for Disease Control has required passengers flying to the United States from a foreign country to be tested no more than three days before their flight takes off. Passengers must show evidence of a negative test before boarding the flight.
Less than five minutes after taking the test, Schmidt received a call that she had received a positive test. She has been in quarantine since then. Schmidt said she may have contracted the virus while in flight, although she took precautions such as wearing a medical mask.
More than 1.8 million Minnesota have received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of April 2, the Minnesota Department of Health had identified 222 cases of “breakthrough” vaccines. Although it is still possible to shrink the virus after receiving a vaccine, current vaccines are very effective in preventing people from getting a serious illness. According to the CDC, there is growing evidence to suggest that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and potentially less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others.
Schmidt is the only one vaccinated in her group, but no one else has tested positive.
“My case is definitely a state of emergency. I still highly recommend the vaccine,” Schmid said.
But Schmidt hopes sharing her story will help other people considering travel. The CDC recently updated its travel guidelines for fully vaccinated people, saying they can travel to the United States and abroad.
“You should be aware that quarantine is very realistic and it is very possible to find yourself here. This is a very small room. They literally have a guard standing in front of my door 24/7. You can’t leave … Do you have the patience?” to be able to do it? And is this vacation worth it, do you have to be quarantined? “Schmidt said.
The CDC said fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States without the need for COVID testing or post-travel self-quarantine, as long as they continue to take precautions for COVID-19 while traveling.
“I would test before traveling. Plan that it is very possible that you can test positive,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt said a doctor plans to stop by Tuesday to examine her again. Each time she does a COVID test, it costs about $ 100.
“You could do positive tests and you could get it, and now I’m looking to be here potentially 19 days after I arrive,” Schmid said.