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At least 18 members of Texas family test positive for COVID-19 after surprise birthday party
  Saturday 27 June, 2020
At least 18 members of Texas family test positive for COVID-19 after surprise birthday party

AUSTIN, Texas – Eighteen members of a north Texas family have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a surprise birthday party in late May.

Only one member of the family unknowingly had the virus at the time of the party, WFAA-TV reports.

“We knew this was going to happen," Ron Barbosa told WFAA. 'I mean, this whole time this has been going on we’ve been terrified."

Barbosa, who is a volunteer EMT, and his wife, a doctor, chose not to attend the party, which was hosted by his nephew, due to safety reasons. Barbosa said that his family suspects that his nephew, who had a slight cough at the time of the party, was the family member who was unknowingly infected after possibly being exposed at work.

Those infected include two young children; Barbosa’s elderly parents; and his sister, who is battling breast cancer.

Barbosa’s father, Frank, was admitted to the hospital June 17 and placed in the intensive care unit soon after, where he remains.

Barbosa told WFAA that his father is in need of blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, who have established antibodies.

“If you’ve recovered, go donate your plasma,” Barbosa said.

While it appears that most of Barbosa’s family is on the road to recovery, the experience serves as a warning for what could happen even when proper safety precautions are attempted. Barbosa says all 25 people who attended the party attempted to remain socially distant, and not all of the attendees were there for the entirety of the party.

But in reference to a photo taken at the party, he also told BuzzFeed, “My message is that if you’re going to see family and they don’t live with you, mask up and keep your distance. I want everyone to be with their loved ones. I just want everybody to be cautious and not try to take pictures and selfies with a group of 20 people.”

In Texas, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, with 5,996 new cases reported Thursday, following two days of record highs. The state also broke its record for hospitalizations for the 14th day in a row Thursday, with state health officials reporting 4,738 patients in Texas hospitals.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/26/covid-19-18-members-texas-family-test-positive-surprise-party/3262560001/

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