18 Members Of Same Family Test Positive For COVID-19 After Attending Surprise Birthday Party

18 Members Of Same Family Test Positive For COVID-19 After Attending Surprise Birthday Party

A single relative is believed to have been unknowingly infected by the virus and spread the virus to 17 others.

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities issued guidelines about how best to handle the unprecedented situation. This included social distancing, self-isolation of vulnerable people, and avoiding gatherings. Even with gatherings once the guidelines started to ease, the number of people was to be limited and a distance of six-feet had to be maintained. Taking precautions at times like this is essential, wearing masks and washing hands regularly even more so. A North Texan family have all been infected by the deadly virus en-masse after a family gathering sometime last month. 



A single relative is believed to have been unknowingly infected by the virus and was at a surprise birthday party with seven members of the family. These seven people then interacted with 10 other relatives either at the same party or through other family interactions. Their relative, Ron Barbosa, has been keeping track of the 18 people who have now been found tested positive for COVID-19. Barbosa, a volunteer EMT who is also married to a doctor, did not attend the party. But he told Kens5 that the celebration was for his daughter-in-law who turned 30 and was hosted by his nephew.



The host, Barbosa's nephew is the one who was infected. He had a slight cough previously and he brushed it off as the result of working in construction. The nephew had also played golf with a few family members before the birthday party, all of whom also attended the event. “When people started getting sick, we really let everyone have it,” Barbosa told WFAA. “We knew this was going to happen, I mean this whole time this has been going on we’ve been terrified.” Among those infected are two young children, two grandparents, a cancer patient, and Barbosa's parents, who are in their 80s. 



Three of them have now been hospitalized including Barbosa's parents Frank and Carole, along with his sister Kathy, who is battling breast cancer. Kathy is believed to be getting treatment for her cancer as well as COVID at the same time. She is reportedly doing better. His father, however, is not faring that well. "My dad's hanging on by a thread," Barbosa said. "They're saying this is one of the last straws for my dad." He is in the ICU and will in all likelihood be put on a ventilator. "That's really the best medicine. You know they're in there by themselves with no family," a teary-eyed Barbosa said. "It's heartbreaking." 


 The relatives who did get infected were horrified at the possibility of having spread it as well. "It wasn't that long. It was only a couple of hours," Barbosa said. "But during that brief time, somehow the other 18 family members are now infected with COVID." Out of the 25 people who came to the party, 18 were infected. Not all of them stayed for the whole thing and at the same time. “People couldn’t believe that they took it to a family member,” he said. “But now, we’re holding on together.” Barbosa has now been working towards contacting plasma donators for his dad after doctors told him that there's not a lot that can be done otherwise. "If you've recovered...go donate your plasma," Barbosa stated. 



As of today, over 132K people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Texas, according to the state health official data. Over 2,250 people have died statewide of the virus. Nationwide there have now been over 2.47 million coronavirus cases. 



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