Korey Mudd wasn’t fazed by the cleaning crew outside his Mexico hotel room when he and his wife returned from the pool.
“There was someone wiping down the door and the handles and stuff,” he said. “They asked me if it was my room, and I said, yes.”
The 30-year-old control room operator didn’t grow concerned until a hotel manager and other officials pulled up in a golf cart.
They delivered bad news: Mudd’s COVID-19 test, taken that morning at the hotel so he could board his flight home to Michigan under new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules for international flights to the United States, was positive.
How soon could he pack up and move to another room for mandatory isolation?
An hour later, Mudd was whisked to a new room. His wife, who had tested negative, was given the choice of staying in their casita at El Dorado Casitas Royale or moving into a room next door to his in the quarantine wing. She picked the latter.
It was the fifth day of their weeklong honeymoon in Riviera Maya outside Cancun.
Travel to Mexico and other international destinations open to Americans during the coronavirus pandemic took on additional risk when the new CDC guidelines went into effect Jan. 26.
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