Metro Detroiter returns from Florida trip amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 18:36:19-04

(WXYZ) — Metro Detroiters are returning to our state after spending time in Florida, and sharing concerns about the state’s rise in confirmed coronavirus cases.

For Sherry Day, returning from central Florida to metro Detroit involves driving for several days. A trip she says is necessary now, with conditions changing rapidly as a result of coronavirus spreading.

With many flights canceled, Sherry tells us businesses and restaurants in Florida were not quick to close down as they have in Michigan.

“They had not shut the Catholic Church down, which surprised us. I don’t know, you’ve got an elderly population down there and a lot of people are health wise compromised, so everybody is being quite concerned,” says Sherry.

On the interstate, there are more signs of growing concern among those who could be vulnerable. With air travel no longer an option for so many, snowbirds are being forced to adjust their plans.

“The traffic coming north has been quite heavy. My husband just bought me a CocaCola at the gas station. First thing we did was wipe it down and then wipe his hands,” says Sherry.

Sherry tells us she’s eager to return home to a safer environment where she will also be undergoing treatment for cancer in Detroit. Her message is one of cautious optimism.

She says, "I’m ready to come home. I miss the sunshine down there, but I guess I’m feeling more comfortable being back where my health care team is. As far as coming back, my house is not stocked with food. That’s a concern.”

Sherry’s family here in metro Detroit is also looking forward to her safe return.

People in Florida, are still being cautioned to avoid crowds and maintain social distancing.