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Cleveland man who traveled to New York, Las Vegas recovering after COVID-19 diagnosis

Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 18:58:17-04

CLEVELAND — Justice Hill went on a trip to New York with some friends in early March.

"Everything was great until March 9,” said Hill.

That’s when the Cleveland man said something felt off. He flew back home and then shortly after flew to Las Vegas for another vacation.

"Friends of mine picked me up from the airport, took me to a hotel and by then, I didn’t know what it was, I just didn’t feel good,” he said.

Hill says he left Las Vegas early and flew home.

"I started self quarantining then, cause I didn’t know what it was, I thought it could have been the flu,” said Hill.

After five more days passed and he didn’t feel better, Hill went to the emergency room.

He says the doctor was about to send him home because she couldn’t find anything wrong, but a family member stepped in.

"My sister told the doctor, you are not sending him home without a coronavirus test, which I don’t understand why she didn’t give it to me,” said Hill.

Seven days later, Hill says the health department called him and told him he was positive for COVID-19. He was able to recover at home.

Hill says he no longer has the virus and wants folks, especially people of color, to fight for a test if you feel like you need one.

"She should not have hesitated to give me that test,” Hill said. "No one should have had to ask for that and I think when I talk to people, in other parts of the country I hear stories about hospitals being reluctant to give that test to people.”

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