- Fifteen family members in Arlington, Texas said they tested positive for coronavirus after a small birthday party, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and WFFA reported.
- Relatives urged the public not to “be like my family and ignore the CDC guidelines” in a video posted on the Arlington Twitter account.
- The family warning comes before Thanksgiving, which is usually a time to gather families. tThe CDC recommends not traveling during the U.S. vacation after the coronavirus pandemic.
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More than a dozen family members in Arlington, Texas said they tested positive for coronavirus after a small birthday party, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Alexa Aragonese told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram that a dozen of her family members had gathered for a small indoor birthday party in early November. She herself did not attend the party, but said the family met to celebrate a relative̵
After the reunion, several members “felt unwell” and all family members decided to be tested for coronavirus, Aragones told WFFA. Fifteen family members – all 12 attending the party and three others – were tested for coronavirus, The Star-Telegram reported. Aragones’ mother is the only member to be hospitalized, the WFFA reported.
“We took all precautions except for the collection,” Aragones told the WFFA. “We would like to share the message that you are not immunized. Your family is not immunized. But by staying home, you can prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Members of the Aragones family shared a video via the Twitter account of the city of Arlington, asking the public to be safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Please don’t be like my family and ignore the CDC guidelines,” Aragones said.
The announcement came as several countries tightened travel and gathering restrictions ahead of the holiday season in the United States and the United States is experiencing a record influx of coronavirus infections. According to a recent national survey, nearly 40% of Americans plan to hold Thanksgiving meetings with at least 10 people.
Both America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci – whose own children will not be attending Thanksgiving to protect the 70th anniversary of the virus – and CDC Director Robert Redfield have warned that small indoor gatherings are booming. COVID-19 cases across the country. The CDC recommends that people organize outdoor gatherings if possible.
—City of Arlington (@CityOfArlington) November 20, 2020
Remarkably, more than 50% of coronavirus transmission comes from those who are asymptomatic, according to the CDC. Fauci warned that “innocent events such as groups of friends and family gatherings indoors due to the cold weather for dinner are becoming a major source of asymptomatic spread,” as Morgan McFall-Johnsen of Business Insider reported earlier.
“These innocent family and friendly gatherings: six, eight, 10 people gather in someone’s home, you get one person who is asymptomatic and infected, and then suddenly four or five people from that gathering get infected,” Fautsi said last month. “This is the exact scenario you’ll see on Thanksgiving.”
“The tragedy that can happen is that one of your family members, from the collection of this family reunion, may actually be hospitalized and seriously ill and die,” the CDC coronavirus incident manager said last week. Hillary Brook told Business Insider earlier.
As the White House’s coronavirus task force said last week, coronavirus outbreaks have spread across the country as the United States has a total of 12 million confirmed coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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