A South Dakota man stuck in quarantine on the other side of the world is getting help from Rep. Dusty Johnson in an effort to return home.
Casey McCoy, 32, from Dell Rapids, went to the West African country of Togo on Dec. 16 to attend his friend's wedding. After the wedding, the man said he and his girlfriend Lacie Packard were asked to take a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight home.
McCoy's test came back positive and he was forced to stay in Togo. He was transported via ambulance to a facility, so he could quarantine on Dec. 23, he said.
"From there, I told my girlfriend that she needed to go home while she could," McCoy told the Argus Leader on Wednesday.
Since then, the 32-year-old says he's been fed irregularly, housed in an unsanitary room and denied basic necessities like toilet paper and soap.
"I've been here since the 23rd, and I've been given five 1-liter bottles of water," McCoy said.
The 32-year-old has been in contact with the U.S. Embassy and has voiced his frustrations with his situation to them multiple times.
McCoy shared his experiences on his Facebook and pleaded for help from anybody who had a connection to government officials in the U.S.
Wednesday morning McCoy said he was contacted by officials with Johnson's office. They told him they've been contacting the U.S. Embassy in Togo, he said.
Jasmine Kemp, a spokesperson for Johnson, confirmed to the Argus Leader on Wednesday afternoon that his office was working directly with McCoy and have caseworkers contacting the embassy as well.
McCoy said he was also given a new COVID-19 test on Wednesday, something he says he's been denied for days. If he tests negative, he'll be able to leave. If the test comes back positive, he'll have to wait three more days for another test.
The 32-year-old said he's suffered physically and mentally, because of the treatment he's received while under quarantine, but thanks his support system and Dell Rapids community for keeping him strong during his ordeal.
"I'll never leave America again until COVID is not a thing anymore," McCoy said. "This scared the life out of me."
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This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: South Dakota man stuck in West Africa with COVID, Rep. Johnson to help