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BREAKING: Elizabethton couple not among Americans leaving cruise ship after wife tests positive for

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WE'RE CONTINUING TO LEARN MORE INFORMATION TONIGHT ABOUT A TRI-CITIES COUPLE — STUCK ON BOARD A QUARANTINED CRUISE SHIP OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN — WHO DID NOT RETURN TO THE STATES TONIGHT AFTER ONE OF THEM TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS YOU'RE WATCHING NEWS CHANNEL 11 AT 11 I'M KELLY GROSFIELD

TONIGHT — OUR ANSLEE DANIEL SPOKE WITH BOTH DR ARNOLD AND JEANNIE HOPLAND OF ELIZABETHTON ABOUT THEIR ORDEAL 1-SHOT DR

ARNOLD AND JEANNIE HOPLAND WERE EXPECTED TO BOARD A PLANE AND BE BACK ON U-S SOIL AFTER BEING QUARANTINED ON THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS JUST AS THEY WERE PREPARING TO LEAVE THEIR ROOM ON THE PLAZA DECK OF THE CRUISE SHIP WHERE THEY'VE BEEN QUARANTINED FOR ALMOST 2 WEEKS- JAPANESE HEALTH OFFICIALS TOLD THEM- MRS HOPLAND TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS PKG JEANNIE HOPLAND: "GOD'S IN CONTROL AND WE'LL BE OKAY WE REALLY WILL

YOU KNOW- THE SHOCK IS SAYING 'OH NO, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ALL BY MYSELF WITH THE LANGUAGE PROBLEM" DR ARNOLD AND JEANIE HOPLAND WERE GETTING READY TO HEAD BACK TO THE UNITED STATES ON A U-S GOVERNMENT CHARTERED PLANE AFTER BEING QUARANTINED OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN FOR TWO WEEKS- UNTIL THE COUPLE RECEIVED DEVASTATING NEWS- DR ARNOLD HOPLAND: "HE SAYS WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE YOU ON THE PLANE BECAUSE JEANNIE HAS BEEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

" THEIR LUGGAGE HAD ALREADY BEEN TAKEN AND THE ONLY THINGS THEY HAVE ARE THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACKS,IDENTIFICIATION AND THEIR CELLPHONES DR HOPLAND HAS BEEN PUSHING FOR THE U-S AND JAPANESE GOVERNMENTS TO STEP IN AND PROVIDE A PROPER QUARANTINE DR ARNOLD HOPLAND: "THIS SHIP CANNOT MAINTAIN QUARANTINE

IT'S NOT DESIGNED FOR THAT PURPOSE THERE ARE MANY MANY FLAWS IN THE QUARANTINE ON THE SHIP" THE HOPLANDS SAY THEIR ROOM STEWARDESS WAS DIANOSED WITH THE VIRUS JUST A FEW DAYS AGO THEY SAY THE SHIP'S STAFF IS NOT PROPERLY TRAINED FOR THIS SITUATION AND ARE REMAINING IN TIGHT QUARTERS THEMSELVES DR

ARNOLD HOPLAND: "THERE ARE ABOUT 3 TIMES AS MANY US CITIZENS INFECTED WITH THE DISEASE ON THIS ONE BOAT AS THERE ARE IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES" FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS THEIR SON- DOCTOR KENNY HOPLAND HAS BEEN WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN ROE TO GET THEM AND OTHER AMERICANS BACK HOME DR KENNY HOPLAND: "THERE WAS A LOT OF FRUSTRATION AND ANGER HAVING BEEN TRYING OUR BEST FOR ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF TO GET WHAT'S BEING DONE TODAY ACCOMPLISHED AND THEN TO FIND OUT THAT WELL EVERYBODY ELSE IS GOING HOME BUT THEY'RE STAYING IS A 'DANG IT

" DR KENNY HOPLAND HOPES HIS PARENTS CAN STAY TOGETHER AND THAT HIS DAD CAN STAY HEALTHY DR KENNY HOPLAND: "I AM HOPEFUL IF THEY CAN KEEP THEM TOGETHER HOPEFULLY SHE WILL NOT DEVELOP SEVERE SYMPTOMS

NOW THERE IS THAT HOPE THAT MY FATHER DOES NOT BECOME POSITIVETHAT CERTAINLY IS VERY LIKELY" THE HOPLANDS SAY THEY ARE JUST WAITING FOR THEIR NEXT STEPS- WHICH HAVEN'T BEEN CLEARLY COMMUNICATED TO THEM DR ARNOLD HOPLAND: "I THINK I'M GOING TO BE IN QUARANTINE ON THE BOAT FOR TWO MORE WEEKS BECAUSE I'M STILL UNDER CONTROL OF THE JAPANESE AUTHORITIES

I'M DISSAPPOINTED THAT THE UNITED STATES DIDN'T TAKE CHARGE ON THIS" 1-SHOT THE FUTURE FOR THE HOPLANDS IS UNKNOWN RIGHT NOW JEANNIE SAYS SHE EXPECTS TO BE SENT TO A HOSPITAL ON THE SHORE WHILE DOCTOR HOPLAND BELIEVES HE WILL REMAIN UNDER QUARANTINE ON THE BOAT FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS FROM WHAT HAS BEEN COMMUNICATED- THEY BELIEVE THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO COME HOME WILL BE LATE MARCH THIS IS INFORMATION JUST PASSED ALONG TO OUR JOSH SMITH JUST MINUTES AGO

JEANNIE HOPLAND IS BEING TRANSFERED TO A HOSPITAL IN TOKYO TO BE TREATED FOR CORONAVIRUS DR ARNOLD IS STAYING ON THE BOAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE HOPLANDS AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR QUARANTINE IN JAPAN CHECK FOR THOSE UPDATES ON WJHLCOM

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