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Teenage coronavirus survivor now worries about the medical bills

She's already paid a devastating price
Teenage Coronavirus survivor now worries about the medical bills
Posted at 5:59 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 21:08:05-04

CLEVELAND — Imagine having coronavirus, being in the hospital nearly a month, and surviving…only then to face the medical bills. Now, imagine you’re just 19 years old.

“I just was afraid to be sick I guess,” said D’Jeana Roddy. You might remember her from our “Rebound: Northeast Ohio Special Report” earlier this month.

“I wanted it to be anything but COVID-19,” she told us.

She put up a major fight, spent a lot of time in the hospital, and was on a ventilator. She knows it all adds up. “The stay, the food, the care in the ICU….so, it does worry me because I can see a big bill,” she told us.

A new study by health insurers shows “costs, on average, could exceed $30,000” for each ICU patient, and the pandemic costs could reach $556 billion over the next two years.

D’Jeana’s mother Danita had D’Jeana on the Buckeye Health Plan which is a government, medicaid health insurance. “I really didn’t have health issues so, I really didn’t know much about my medical (insurance) because I really didn’t have to go to the doctor for anything,” D’Jeana said.

The thing is, her mom can’t help her through the bills. “I remember talking to my mom and telling her that I love her,” recalled D’Jeana. “It hurts because I really do miss my mom.”

You see, Dania also caught the virus at the same time as D’Jeana, but Danita did not survive.

“Everyone was just fine living life and then all of this happened,” D’Jeana told us.

Now, what will happen with her bills? How much will they cost the teen who’s already paid a devastating price?

“I try to stay positive because that’s the type of person she was, and I know what she would be telling me,” she told us.

D’Jeana has gone though so much in her short life. And as the bills come in, we’ll be there seeing what else is in store for her financially. It’s part of our new series where you can help.

Send us your coronavirus-related medical bills including any hospital stays, treatments, visits to the doctor, and more. Email us at: InvestigatorTips@WEWS.com

We want to see what your costs are and we will follow up.

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Gov. Mike DeWine and the State of Ohio have established a plan to begin reopening Ohio businesses starting May 1. Below is a timeline of the businesses allowed to reopen.

May 1: Medical care – non-essential surgeries and procedures that do not require an overnight stay will be allowed beginning May 1.
May 4: Manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses that were ordered to cease activities may reopen on May 4, as well as general office environments.
May 12: Retail establishments and facilities will be allowed to reopen on May 12.
May 15: Salons, barbershops, day spas, tanning facilities, massage parlors, tattoo parlors and piercing businesses. Restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons on outdoor patios. More details here.
May 21: Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen for dine-in service. Read more here. Campgrounds will be allowed to reopen. Read more here.
May 22: Horse racing will be allowed to resume, with no spectators. Casinos and Racinos are not included in the reopening. Read more here.
May 26: Gyms, fitness centers, regulated pools, recreation centers and studios will be allowed to reopen, with new requirements. Non-contact and limited-contact sports leagues, such as golf, baseball and tennis will be allowed to resume. BMVs across Ohio will reopen, but government officials encourage citizens to utilize the BMVs online services when possible. Read more here.
May 31: Day care centers will be able to reopen in Ohio. Read more about the plan to reopen day cares here. Day camps and summer camps will also be allowed to operate. Details on that here.

While these announced reopenings encompass the majority of the businesses, agencies and events closed and canceled by the state's orders, the governor has not yet made an annoucements on when K-12 schools in the state will reopen, nor when places of public amusement, such as theme parks, gambling businesses, skating rinks, movie theaters, and others will be allowed to reopen. See a full list of indoor and outdoor places that remain closed here.

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