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Local teacher, family cancels spring trip to remember amid risk of coronavirus exposure

Oklahoma City teacher Shavonya Coleman was ready to take her three daughters on a spring trip to remember.COVID-19, however, had other plans. “Even if we didn’t get sick on the boat, we didn’t want to be quarantined just outside a sick person on the boat, and then we got stuck for many days,” he said. Coleman and her husband planned to take their daughters on a cruise, but decided to cancel the trip. The decision came even before the U.S. Department of State told Americans to stay out of cruise ships. Her husband is a disabled veteran who has underlying health problems, but was equally concerned about the possibility of a quarantine. “Someone could get on board and start showing symptoms midway through the trip, and then we’re all stuck,” Coleman said. But other KOCO 5s have talked about the holidays and the coronavirus does not share Coleman’s concern. They said they still had plans to go on a cruise saying, “We are all healthy and we know how to be that way” and “My cruise isn’t until November. I’ll go.” Coleman said she is unwilling to risk it. Instead of a cruise, Six Flags’ excitement and entertainment will have to do. “We have never been on a cruise before,” she said, “and you can always go on vacation at another time. But it was not the right time for us.”

Shavonya Coleman, an Oklahoma City teacher, was ready to take her three daughters on a spring trip to remember.

COVID-19, however, had other plans.

“Even if we didn’t get sick on the boat, we didn’t want to be quarantined just outside a sick person on the boat, and then we got stuck for many days,” he said.

Coleman and her husband planned to take their daughters on a cruise, but decided to cancel the trip. The decision came even before the U.S. State Department told Americans to stay out of cruise ships.

Her husband is a disabled veteran who has underlying health problems, but was equally worried about the possibility of quarantine.

“Someone could get on board and start showing symptoms midway through the trip, and then we’re all stuck,” Coleman said.

But other KOCO 5s have talked about the holidays and the coronavirus does not share Coleman’s concern. They said they still had plans to go on a cruise saying, “We are all healthy and we know how to stay that way” and “My cruise isn’t until November. I’ll go.”

Coleman said she is unwilling to risk it. Instead of a cruise, the chills and entertainment at Six Flags will have to do.

“We have never been on a cruise before,” he said, “and you can always go on vacation at another time. But this was not the time for us.”

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