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15 Texas relatives sick with COVID-19 after party ‘feel guilty’



Members of a Texas family say they “feel guilty” after a birthday party that left more than a dozen of them infected with the coronavirus.

Alexa Aregonez, 26, of Arlington said she dropped off her 57-year-old mother, Enriqueta Aragonez, at the indoor celebration on Nov. 1 and within days, all of the relatives who attended had become sick with the virus.

“My family always said it won’t be us — we protect ourselves. All we do is go to work and come back home. We wear a mask, we wash our hands, so it’s OK for us to congregate,” said Alexa, news station KHOU reported.

But when a few relatives started feeling ill, they all decided to get tested for COVID-19.

In total, 15 members of the family have tested positive — including three who weren’t at the celebration.

The only one hospitalized was Enriqueta, who was admitted for a day with pneumonia then again a week later with breathing troubles, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

But Alexa, who tested negative, said she’s aware that “not everyone is as lucky as my family has been.”

“It’s scary to think that what if my entire family would have had the severe case and every single one of those 15 folks had to go to the hospital,” she told the newspaper.

“One, I would feel guilty for taking resources from people that really do need it, and two, I would be at risk of losing my entire family.”

In a video for a local campaign, the family spoke out about their terrifying ordeal — and urged others not to gather indoors.

“We feel guilty for gathering,” Alexa’s sister said in the video.

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