14 family members contract COVID-19 after backyard barbecue

Fourteen members of a Texas family tested positive for the novel coronavirus after some attended a small barbecue and went on to spread the illness to their relatives.

Tony Green, a Dallas resident, detailed his extended family’s experience with COVID-19 in a personal essay published on Friday. The essay’s publication came nearly one month after his father-in-law’s mother passed away from health complications caused by the virus. Green and his father-in-law, Rafael Ceja, were both hospitalized one week earlier.

“The virus had attacked my central nervous system, and the staff stopped me from having a stroke,” Green wrote in his personal essay.

 

The family get-together, which Green’s parents and in-laws both attended, took place at his home on June 13. All six went on to test positive for COVID-19 during the week that followed, as did additional family members visited by his in-laws at the onset of their symptoms. Five more of Green’s family members tested positive in mid-July, on the day of Ceja’s mother’s funeral.

Ceja was placed on a ventilator roughly three weeks into his hospital stay. He remained in critical condition on Friday. Green created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Ceja’s medical bills last week. The campaign has raised more than $7,250 of its $10,000 goal as of Sunday afternoon.

Abu Sillah

Abu is a Journalist, Marketing Consultant, & PR Specialist from Prince George's County, MD. He is the CEO of The DMV Daily and Marketing Manager of The Wig Café, LLC. In May 2018, Abu obtained his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is now attending Bowie State University for his M.A. in Organizational Communications.
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About Abu Sillah

Abu is a Journalist, Marketing Consultant, & PR Specialist from Prince George's County, MD. He is the CEO of The DMV Daily and Marketing Manager of The Wig Café, LLC. In May 2018, Abu obtained his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is now attending Bowie State University for his M.A. in Organizational Communications.

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