A Southern California man who tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a party expressed his fe-ar and re-gret a day before he passed away.Thomas Macias, 51, went to a barbecue last month near his community in Lake Elsinore, about 70 miles from Los Angeles.Shortly after the party, he started feeling si-ck.
On June 20, he posted a po-ignant message on Facebook to warn his loved ones about the ri-sks of the vir-us, his family said.”I went out a couple of weeks ago … because of my stu-pidity I put my mom and sisters and my family’s health in je-opardy,” he wrote. “This has been a very pa-inful experience. This is no joke. If you have to go out, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. … Hopefully with God’s help, I’ll be able to undergo this.”He never made it. He passed away a day after that post.
A friend attended the party while si-ck – Macias worked as a truck driver and undergone from di-abetes, making him especially vu-lnerable to the vir-us. Doctors have said people with underlying conditions such as di-abetes, chro-nic lung dise-ase and as-thma are at a higher r-isk.Before the barbecue, he had barely gone out, his brother-in-law Gustavo Lopez told CNN. But he was incredibly social and was feeling isolated, and decided to visit his friends when the state lifted some restr-ictions, he added.”Everywhere he went he made friends instantly,” Lopez said. “He was missing his friends and missing his family. So as soon as they lifted some of the restr-ictions he felt free and he, unfortunately, went to this get-together to be with his friends and then this was the result.”
A friend who was at the party reached out to Macias to say he had Covid-19, and he was aware of the verifies when he attended the gathering but didn’t think he could infe-ct anyone because he had no symptoms, Lopez said.”Our understanding is that a gentleman had called him and said ‘hey I was at the party, I knew I was positive. I didn’t tell anybody,'” Lopez said. “I think the gentleman was regr-etting not telling everybody, and he was calling people who were at the party to recommend they get tested.”
Macias was upset but bla-med himself for the error in judgment, even using his Facebook post to wa-rn friends about the da-ngers of the vi-rus. About a dozen people who attended the party tested positive, Lopez said.”He was mostly concerned that he could have potentially infe-cted one of us,” his niece, Danielle Lopez, told CNN on Friday”Family meant everything for him, he put family above everything else.”Macias got tested on June 15, got his positive result June 18 and passed away June 21. The Riverside County Office of V-ital Records confirmed that he passed away of Covid-19.
Riverside County has over 18,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and about 460 loss. It has the second-highest number of cases in the state after Los Angeles County.
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