Couple receives warm welcome to Dillsburg after weeks-long quarantine


DILLSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Dillsburg couple that spent weeks quarantined on a cruise ship and then at a U.S. Military base is finally back in Central Pennsylvania.

The Smedley’s plane was delayed, their luggage was lost, but none of that matters anymore: Bill and Colette are finally home.

This Smedleys saw a huge “welcome home” as they drove to their house in Dillsburg.

“That made me feel good,” said Bill Smedley.

They even got some love from the Hershey Bears. Bill and Colette are big fans. The team sent the season ticket holders some signed photos and chocolate.

The couple landed in Harrisburg Tuesday night.

“A friend of ours picked us up at the airport,” said Bill Smedley. “We were just so happy to see them.”

They hadn’t been home since the beginning of January.

“My friend, his wife had made food for us, had a whole basket of food for us. another friend came in the house and turned the heat on so the house was warm,” said Bill Smedley.

After expecting to be on vacation from January 6 until February 3, the coronavirus changed everything.

But the two stayed positive as they were quarantined in an interior room on the Diamond Princess cruise ship room for weeks.

Next was that long plane ride with other American passengers back to the U.S.

Then finally, there was one last fourteen-day isolation period on a U.S. military base in San Antonio, Texas.

“Right now we are the most healthy people there are because we have documents saying we are from the CDC,” said Bill Smedley.

Bill and Colette say the entire time, they were in contact with their 31-year-old daughter in Mechanicsburg and 30-year-old son in Jacksonville.

Now after testing negative for the coronavirus multiple times, the Smedleys are thrilled to return to normalcy and spend time with family.

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