At Least 18 Members Of A Texas Family Have The Coronavirus After A Surprise Birthday Party
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Ron Barbosa’s family has always been close. Members of the Dallas-area family see each other practically every day, and when the coronavirus pandemic struck, many of them thought it would be OK to continue spending time together.
But after more than a dozen family members threw a surprise birthday dinner party for one of Barbosa’s nieces last month, at least 18 members of the extended family have become sick with COVID-19.
Three have become so ill that they have been hospitalized: Barbosa’s 88-year-old dad, his 86-year-old mom, and his sister, who is going through chemotherapy for breast cancer.
“Everybody says, ‘Oh, it’s my family. I’m going to go see my brother. I’m going to see my cousin,’ and they think that’s a safe word,” Barbosa told BuzzFeed News.
While they aren’t certain if the virus started spreading among the family at the May 30 party, Barbosa, 53, who did not attend …continued .