Man who moved to China to work as English teacher has been under quarantine nearly 60 days

Posted at 12:00 PM, Mar 23, 2020

WUHAN, China -- Just over a year ago, Alexi Grojean decided to make a career change and moved from Colorado to China to become an English teacher.

Gorjean says he's been living under quarantine in the city of Wuhan for nearly two months in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"According to this tally mark sheet here that I have, I have been in quarantine for 55, going on 56 days. Just as everyone in America and probably the rest of the world knows by now, the thing that I knew 55 days ago, is that it happens so fast. By the time you’re in the middle of it, your head is spinning because you’re like, 'How did this happen?'" he said.

Grojean says in Wuhan, everyone was quarantined — not only those who were sick.

"We had little punch cards that allowed us to leave and if — let's say we left on the 2nd, we had a punch card that had 1-31 and they would mark off No. 2, meaning you left on the 2nd. And when you came back into the apartment, you could not leave for the rest of the day, you couldn’t leave on the 3rd, 4th. And then on the 5th is the day that you could leave the apartment again to go to the drug store, or the grocery store, because those were the only two things that were open" he said.

After almost 60 days in quarantine, he’s beginning to see parts of the city come back to life and hopes people in the United States also take the coronavirus seriously so that he can come back home.

"I want to come back in August to a normal state," Grojean said. "I want to come back to a Colorado that I know. And if you guys keep going crazy and don’t do this, it's not going to happen."

This story was originally published by Ivan Rodriguez and Mikayla Ortega at KMGH.