The tale of 2 Oregon couples and coronavirus


Beaverton couple returns to home, Forest Grove couple still in Japan

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two local couples quarantined because of the coronavirus are closer to home, one couple more so than the other.

Amanj Habibi and his wife were quarantined in Nebraska for 14 days after catching the last flight out of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak that has gained global attention. The Beaverton couple had traveled to Wuhan a month ago to visit family. They said they’d heard reports about the coronavirus but didn’t think it would amount to much.

“We knew that the virus was taking place but we never knew it would become this much of a problem — it would spread this much,” Habibi said.

Their quarantine ended this week and they arrived at PDX on Thursday night where loved ones greeted them with hugs.

Kent and Rebecca Frasure of Forest Grove, though, continue to be monitored in Tokyo. Rebecca, who tested positive for the coronavirus while on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, remains in a hospital. She said she feels fine but is frustrated not being able to leave.

Kent hasn’t tested positive but was stuck in quarantine on the cruise ship. He was scheduled to get off the ship Thursday, but officials with the Diamond Princess told him his name wasn’t on the list given to them by the Japanese Ministry.

Either way, they’re both on a no-fly list until March 4.

Kent was planning on getting a hotel in Tokyo and said once he’s off the ship there are no restrictions where he could go. He could even go to the hospital to see his wife.

“I could go to Disneyland,” he said, “but I can’t go home.”

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