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Edmonton couple ready to get out of 2nd quarantine over coronavirus


An Edmonton couple who were quarantined twice amid coronavirus concerns will be coming home on Friday and are looking forward to getting back to their normal routine.

Mark and Jenny Rodrigue have been in quarantine since Feb. 4.

The first time was when the Diamond Princess cruise ship they were on imposed a quarantine after a passenger tested positive for the coronavirus. The second time was when they, and other passengers, were evacuated from the cruise ship by the Canadian government and quarantined again as a precaution in Cornwall, Ont.

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The couple has been passing the time doing exercises, reading and doing art. Jenny has been drawing scenics of their time in Ontario.

“That is a nice escape for me so I don’t think about it,” Jenny said.

The couple admits that time seems to pass very slowly in quarantine but stopped short of saying it took a toll on them or their marriage.

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“We’re not in control of the quarantine. We’re in control of how we feel about it so that’s why we’re taking the positive approach.”

On Friday morning, the couple will go through a final check with health professionals then board a plane to fly back to Edmonton.

RELATED: 235 Canadians stuck on Grand Princess cruise ship over coronavirus fears

The pair is looking forward to the simple things, such as watching an Oilers game, visiting the grocery store and going out for dinner.


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