SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s been practically a yr and a half because the first lethal coronavirus case hit California. One Sacramento girl remembers it effectively. Margie Hartle was onboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship in February 2020 when a 71-year-old Placer County man bought sick with COVID-19 and later died.
“All of us, we left the ship not understanding. After which I believe it was every week or two weeks after we came upon, that individual had died,” Hartle instructed CBS13.
That cruise ship was believed to be the supply of California’s first lethal coronavirus case. Lots has occurred since then together with masks, social distancing and companies placed on lockdown. Even with the state formally reopening. Margie says she’s nonetheless taking precautions.
“I’m going to put on my masks. I take care of the general public quite a bit. I really feel higher. I really feel safer if I put on my masks. That’s simply me. I’m going to observe all the principles,” mentioned Hartle.
Nevertheless it’s not simply her cruise ship expertise that’s impacting her resolution. Two days earlier than Thanksgiving, Hartle misplaced her brother, Richard, to COVID-19.
“And I bought to say goodbye to him on the telephone and it’s not truthful. It’s simply not truthful,” mentioned Hartle. “He’s youthful than I’m. It’s not truthful. I want he had gotten his shot.”
That’s why she encourages folks to get the vaccine and even will get indignant when some refuse the shot.
“It’s not just like the flu. Till somebody near you dies, then you definitely’ll know then you definitely’ll get it. However by then it’ll be too late,” mentioned Hartle.
After a yr of powerful classes realized, the query now’s will she ever go on a cruise once more? Hartle says completely.
“At my age, I can’t let concern cease me from touring. I’ve bought the journey bug. I’ve bought an entire yr of journey bug, so I’ve simply bought to get on the market,” mentioned Hartle.
She has a number of cruises mapped out. In truth, she already booked her subsequent cruise to Alaska in April 2022.