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Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19 waiting for ride home from military base

Governor's Office says its working with Feds to help
Posted at 6:34 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 14:27:44-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Sherry Melski of Indianapolis is among the Hoosier passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess. The massive crew ship which faced an outbreak of the coronavirus docked in California on Monday, forcing the government to send people to quarantine at numerous military bases.

"It's surreal what's going on," said Melski.

She added, "I'm just trying to get home."

Sherry shared a picture before of the plane taking her Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia, which she's called home since Thursday.

Sherry's family reached out to RTV6 as they heard that other states were sending buses or planes to pick up their residents.

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RTV6 contacted Gov. Eric Holcomb's office and received this response:

"Governor Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health are working with Federal partners to get Hoosiers of the Grand Princess back to Indiana. Federal partners are working to fly them home today."

"I don't mind staying in the house, that's fine," Melski said. "I have plenty of neighbors and family to bring the groceries or whatever I need."