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Make work project: Kelowna woman decides to renovate home in self-isolation

A Kelowna resident who is in self-isolation is renovating her home to stay busy.
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March 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

A Kelowna dental hygienist is keeping busy after she was unable to return to work after a vacation in the Caribbean.

The hygienist, who asked not to be named over fears people will assume she has COVID-19, said she’s decided to renovate her home over the past six days of self-isolation.

The federal government had asked Canadians to self-isolate upon their return to the country.

She left for her backpacking vacation in Honduras, Feb. 28 and returned March 13, and she said the journey home went smoother than expected.

Her biggest concern was being in an airport and on planes in a confined space with people.

She's one of the lucky ones. Other Canadians reported they've been stranded and are struggling to return home.

Upon her return home, her employer told her she couldn’t work for two weeks, “and I had a little meltdown because I thought ‘no, I’ve just had two weeks of holidays, I need to make money.’”

She tried to apply for EI while in the Honduras airport, but “then you have to call in to specific coronavirus EI line, but there was no way I could get in, I would probably be on hold for four hours." 

Then her dental office ended up shutting down as part of the recent concerns over COVID-19.

“Everything was OK, we made it back home no problem, but then I immensely prepared,” she said.

Her roommate left groceries and moved into her boyfriend’s place for two weeks, leaving her alone. She’s been ordering groceries online.

Although she only received half of the groceries she had ordered online, she’s optimistic.

“Now I’m doing a self-home renovation,” she said. “I decided to install some flooring.”

The flooring was ordered online and delivered to her house.

Her parents are also in self-quarantine after taking a trip to the U.S. One of her friends who she went on the trip with her is also in self-isolation.

“We’re going to get shirts made that say 'quarantine buddies' I think. Why not?”

Other than tackling home projects, she’s been cleaning, relaxing and making food.

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