Dallas local news outlets reported that at least 18 people from the same family have contracted the highly contagious virus during a surprise birthday party held last month.
The family has close bonds and relatives couldn’t spend a day without seeing each other. The tight relationship continued during the pandemic with them holding a birthday party and going golfing together.
Three relatives became seriously ill that they had to be hospitalized. Two of them were over the age of 85 and the third has cancer: “Everybody says, ‘Oh, it’s my family. I’m going to see my brother. I’m going to see my cousin,’ and they think that’s a safe world,” Ron Barbosa, a family member, said.
Barbosa believes that his nephew was contaminated when he attended the May 31 party and spread the virus among the others.