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What Life Is Like Inside Miramar's Coronavirus Quarantine

Frank Wucinski and his daughter Annabel talk via Skype inside a quarantine at MCAS Miramar, Feb. 2, 2020.
Frank Wucinski and his daughter Annabel talk via Skype inside a quarantine at MCAS Miramar, Feb. 2, 2020.

UPDATE: 10:14 a.m. Feb. 12, 2020

The 3-year-old girl, Annabel Wucisnki, who was taken to Rady Children's Hospital and was released last Friday after testing negative for the virus is now back at Rady's, Braden said.

"Since then the child has developed additional symptoms that then we want to evaluate," he said. "So we’ve then moved the patient back to Rady’s for that additional evaluation.”


Her father, Frank, is accompanying her at the hospital. He is not showing any symptoms.

Annabell, however, is doing well and is expected to remain well, UC San Diego Health Dr. Randy Taplitz said.

“What we’re seeing is a range of illness in these individuals from very mild illness to very severe illness," she said. "And even though the numbers are high most individuals will end up doing well.”

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Three meals a day, hotel-style accommodations and even a basketball court and playground are being made available to 230 evacuees quarantined at MCAS Miramar after possible exposure to the coronavirus in Wuhan, China.


Frank Wucisnki is one of the evacuees who arrived last week, along with his 3-year-old daughter Annabel. The Wucinskis were hospitalized for two days after showing early signs of the virus, but were sent back to Miramar after testing negative.

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"It is a hotel, so it’s not bad," Wucinski said, speaking from their on-base hotel room. "I mean food could be a little better."

He said dinner on Sunday night was pineapple and chicken. Their room has two beds, a bathroom, a microwave and a coffee maker.

"I’ve definitely been in worse places," Wucinski said.

There is even a park and basketball court outside where Annabel can play. Wucinski said his daughter has been acting out because her mother is not with them. Wucisnki's wife, Li Qiong, is still in China. She is not a U.S. citizen and was not allowed on the evacuation flight.

"In her (Annabel's) mind it’s mommy not wanting to see her, and so she’s been saying things like, 'I don’t want to talk to mommy,'" Wucinski said. He has been trying explain to his daughter that her mother wants to be here but cannot.

"Just kind of explain it as simply as you can," Wucinski said. "Mommy misses you she loves you."

Wucinski has plenty of free time on base and he cannot help wondering if leaving his wife was the right thing to do.

"On the one hand I know it was a good thing we’ve did but on the other hand there is a feeling of guilt," he said. "That I’ve left my wife probably at the worst time of her life."

To make matters worse, Wucinski’s father-in-law passed away over the weekend after contracting the coronavirus. He said he is now trying to stay strong for Annabel.

"I just don’t want to have her see me sad," Wucinski said.

Wucinski is talking with on-base counselors to help get through this tough time. He said officials are checking everyone's temperature two times a day, and if anyone shows signs of the virus they will be taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

What Life Is Like Inside Miramar’s Coronavirus Quarantine
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