Adriane Horn — a member of the 2014 Kodiak girls basketball state championship team — went to Peru for a church trip.
Now, she is wondering when she will be back in the United States.
Horn is one of more than 1,000 Americans reportedly stuck in the South American country because of the coronavirus outbreak.
On March 15, two days into Horn’s trip to Lima, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced a travel lockdown, which meant no more flights in or out of the country.
Horn was in a cab with her travel companions when Vizcarra’s voice streamed through the car’s radio speakers. The announcement that Lima’s airport was going to shut down in 24 hours turned Horn’s enjoyable trip into a nightmare.
“We fought like mad to get on a flight that night and the next day, but so was everyone else,” Horn wrote in a Facebook message to the Kodiak Daily Mirror.
“So, now that we’re stuck, we’ve been filling out paperwork, emailing the (U.S.) embassy, calling airlines, etc. just to get our names out there so that the government knows that we’re here and we want to go home.”
Horn is unsure when she will return to Montana, where she is a senior at Montana Tech University in Butte.
On Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Lima said it is working with the Peruvian Government to explore charter repatriation flights for U.S. citizens. So far, 600 Americans have departed Peru on those flights.
A U.S. Department of State official said, as of Monday, they have brought home more than 5,000 Americans from 17 countries.
“We’re bringing home thousands more in the coming days and weeks,” the official said. “This is truly an unprecedented effort to bring Americans from every region of the world in these rapidly changing conditions on the ground.”
Horn said she has heard there will be flights from Lima bound for the United States today and Wednesday. She doesn’t know if she will be on one of the planes.
“We wait for the embassy to email us saying that we need to be at the military base at said time on said day,” Horn wrote. “I can only imagine how busy both the Peruvian and the U.S. governments are considering the magnitude of the COVID-19 issue. So, we’re just doing our best to be patient.”
On Sunday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski released a video updating her progress in getting Alaskans — at least 19 of them — home.
“We know the anxiety that is causing families and concerns from those who are in Peru and other countries,” Murkowski said in the video. “We are working aggressively on it. I urge you to stay in close touch with my staff as we move forward.”
Horn arrived in Peru on March 13 with her pastor Mark Arbaugh and classmates Madison Devoto and James Amundson. As members of the Baptist Student Union at Montana Tech, they went to Peru to visit and meet Arbaugh’s friends and see the sites of Lima.
That lasted two days.
After the ban on travel, the group was quarantined in their hotel rooms for four days while a member of the traveling party awaited results from a COVID-19 test. The test was negative.
Horn said since they have not been in the country for 14 days, they are not allowed to venture far from the hotel.
“Right now, we’re only allowed to go out on to the second-floor balcony two at a time to get some fresh air,” Horn wrote. “The rest of the time, we need to be in our rooms, basically.”
Horn — a 2014 graduate of Kodiak High School — is graduating from Montana Tech in May with a degree in environmental engineering.
Horn was a defensive stopper and 3-point shooter on the 2014 Kodiak girls basketball team that won the 4A state title with a 27-0 record.
After graduating, she played two years at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington, then two years at Montana Tech, an NAIA program.
Horn said it was challenging juggling school and athletics but came out a better person for doing so.
What she learned on the basketball court is helping her get through her current situation.
“Everything that I do that I think is hard, I just compare to when I was playing basketball and it sort of puts it into perspective,” she wrote.
Horn has remained in contact with her family in Kodiak and Anchorage through multiple Facetime chats a day.
“I’m super thankful the hotel we’re in has good WiFi,” Horn wrote.