A Berks County woman who has been living in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, is trying to get back home.
Elizabeth Heckman is a 2019 graduate of Kutztown University who has a job teaching English in China. She has been living in Wuhan for about six months.
Heckman was hoping to get a flight out early Sunday morning, but it was delayed. Now, Heckman and other Americans are awaiting word from the U.S. Embassy about when they will be able to catch a flight.
Heckman, who grew up in Mohnton, said the current situation in Wuhan is scary.
"Right now, we're out of work, and the city is basically on lockdown," Heckman told 69 News during a Skype interview from her apartment Sunday night. "We can't use any sort of public transportation, so we were told to stay in our houses, wear masks if we go outside."
"I've gone outside maybe like two or three times since everything locked down about 10 days ago," Heckman continued. "So every time I go outside, I have a bunch of surgical masks, and we wear surgical masks when we go outside, and we wear gloves, and we try to avoid people as much as possible."
Heckman was told she will have to be quarantined for three to 14 days once she arrives back in the U.S.
Her family said the government is requiring Heckman to reimburse the travel expenses.
Heckman said since the flight tickets will have to be bought last-minute, it could cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover her travel costs.