A California man says he and 27 family members have tested positive for the coronavirus, including his father, who died of the disease just before Father’s Day.
Richard Garay said in Los Angeles KTLA TV station that he was the first in his family to have symptoms of COVID-19 last month.
“It went from runny nose to headache to full-blown fever,” said Garay.
Shortly after, her 60-year-old father, Vidal Garay, also contracted the disease – and his condition quickly worsened.
“It was painful to see my father’s health decline so radically before me,” said Garay at the point of sale.
His last words to his father were, “Dad, I don’t think I’m going to get there.”
But while Garay finally recovered, his father did not, dying on June 20, one day before Father’s Day.
It is not known how so many people in the family got infected, but Garay thinks it could have come from a parent who came in mid-May or from his mother’s caretaker, according to CBSLA.
Most of Garay’s relatives who fell ill, including his own children and his brother’s pregnant wife, have also recovered.
But Garay said he shared his family’s story as a cautionary tale for people to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus.
“I don’t want my father’s death to be in vain,” he said. “I want people to understand that coronavirus is a real thing.”