Navy veteran with coronavirus speaks out

Navy veteran with coronavirus speaks out

by Nikki Wentling
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON – A Florida veteran tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday after fighting for a test at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Orlando.

U.S. Navy veteran Marlies Craley, 50, received a call from the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona on Wednesday evening, informing her she had a positive diagnosis of the coronavirus that was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The diagnosis came after she went to the hospital’s emergency department Saturday and tested negative for the flu.

“I had to really fight for the test,” Craley said. “I had to fight, but [the doctor] listened to me and advocated for me.”

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