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Grand Rapids man self-quarantines after Italy trip

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 18:39:20-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids man who just returned from Italy is voluntarily self-isolating after returning from a trip to Italy.

Isaac Vis returned from his trip on Sunday. For eight days, he and a friend traveled across Italy and visited four cities. Before taking off, they evaluated the coronavirus cases in that portion of the country, where there was not a no travel advisory.

"We went and just kind of played of played it by ear as we went and there wasn't a huge concern by any means, but we were still very cautious," said Vis. "We listened to the news and everything, and washed our hands very thoroughly. We didn't shake hands with anybody or anything like that. We went through many bottles of hand sanitizer."

During the trip, Vis says few people were outside or visiting the tourist locations.

"The streets were pretty barren, and I mean, there were no lines or anything like that," said Vis. "It was nice and kind of odd at the same time, just to see Italy probably in a way that it's not normally presented, you know to the outside."

At this time, Vis does not show any symptoms but is choosing to self-quarantine. It was a recommendation by a TSA agent when he re-entered the country, who questioned him about the areas he traveled to upon his return.

Vis will work from home for the next two weeks, which has been approved by his employer.

"My parents are getting me groceries, and they're leaving it on my front steps. So that's nice," said Vis.

At this point, doctors told Vis he cannot get tested for coronavirus because he shows no symptoms.