EUGENE, Ore.-- A Eugene man who was on a cruise ship that was denied ports of entry over fears of the coronavirus is back in the country while his fellow passengers are still in limbo.
Frank King bought plane tickets from Cambodia to Eugene after taking a cotton swab test for the virus. He said he chose to go home because a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agent in Cambodia cleared him from possibly having the virus. The agent also told them there is no legal reason to keep him held in the country.
King also said he had speaking events about suicide prevention scheduled and since he did not display symptoms, he bought a plane ticket. If he was sick, he would have stayed.
"We could have done it from there," King said. "I would never put anybody else at risk. If you have a compromised immune center or your child. It's a serious risk."
However, King said he faced backlash. King was an entertainer, doing stand-up comedy on the Holland America ship. He said the company fired him for leaving. King's other speaking engagements also became nervous. He said he never wants to put people's lives at risk.
"I would have called them and be like, we got to zoom it from here because I don't want to put the people's lives at risk," King said. "Same reason I rented a car in Seattle if they wouldn't let me fly."