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State of emergency over virus leaves Vancouver family members stuck in Peru

With cities locked down — with exceptions for small groups who need to buy essential items — the Marshalls have been holed up in rental housing near Lima, where the property owner is allowing them to renew their stay on a daily basis. The unit itself, with bedrooms for each person and a top-floor patio, could be worse.

“To be quarantined, it’s not bad,” Heidi Marshall said. “We got lucky.”

With outdoor exercise clearly not an option, the Marshalls have passed the time in ways that are familiar to many in Clark County, including watching Netflix, cooking and playing cards. They even managed to set up a kiddie pool on the patio. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it is early fall.)

“We’re just bored, watching a lot of Neflix,” Heidi Marshall said.

When their original return flight was canceled, they spent about $8,000 booking other flights. But those were canceled too. Now they’ve stopped searching, and hope to get refunds on the canceled flights.

“Every time we get a cancellation we start crying. It’s not fun,” Heidi Marshall said.

Americans who were in Peru when the emergency declaration was announced have only recently been rescued as the two countries work through diplomatic tensions to send citizens home. About 500 Americans have departed to date, according to an update Monday from the U.S. Embassy in Peru.