Fully vaccinated NJ woman stuck in Panama after positive test receives negative PCR test

A fully vaccinated woman from Hoboken who was forced to quarantine while visiting Panama is now making arrangements to come back home.

News 12 Staff

Jul 14, 2021, 9:14 AM

Updated 1,004 days ago

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A fully vaccinated woman from Hoboken who was forced to quarantine while visiting Panama is now making arrangements to come back home.
Nicole Shutowich's rapid COVID-19 test came back positive while she was in Panama trying to get on a flight to New Jersey.
Shutowich was in Panama for a friend's 30th birthday on a private island, but she never thought she'd be stuck there an additional 14 days. 
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She has been fully vaccinated since March. Everyone in her group was also vaccinated.
Delta Airlines requires all its passengers returning to the U.S. be COVID-19 tested. Shutowich and her group of friends did so at the airport, but her rapid test returned positive.
Shutowich then had to quarantine, and was stuck there for another two weeks.
She has been retested and her PCR test came back negative.
Shutowich believes her test results were a false positive because no one else in her group of 20 tested positive.


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