California man dies of coronavirus a day after posting regret about attending family party
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A man died of coronavirus a day after he publicly shared his regret about putting his “family’s health in jeopardy” by attending a party in California.
Thomas Macias, 51, from Riverside County, Arizona said he broke social distancing guidelines just once to attend a family gathering on June 20.
A dozen people including Thomas were reportedly infected with Covid-19 at the event. The truck driver took to social media to publicly share his regret about his actions.
“Some of you know, but most don’t. I f***** up and went out a couple weeks ago and I contracted the coronavirus,” he wrote.
“Because of my stupidity I put my mom and sisters and my family’s health in jeopardy. This has been a very painful experience.”
Mr Macias urged people not to follow his example and continue to practice social distancing guidelines.
He warned: “This is no joke. If you have to go out wear a mask and practice social distancing.
“Don’t be a f***ing idiot like me. Hopefully with God’s help I’ll be able to survive this.”
A day after sharing the post, Mr Macias who had diabetes, was rushed to hospital and put on a ventilator at around 7pm in the evening. He died two hours later.
An official from Riverside County Office of Vital Records confirmed with NBC News on Wednesday that Mr Macias died from coronavirus.
The truck driver’s brother-in-law Gustavo Lopez told NBC News that Mr Macias had been following social distancing guidelines and quarantining since March because of his diabetes.
But when California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed plans to ease lockdown restrictions in early June, Mr Macias decided to attend a party in Lake Elsinore, Los Angeles.
After the party he was contacted by a friend who said he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he was aware of his diagnosis before attending the party.
The friend claimed that because he wasn’t showing symptoms he didn’t know that he could infect other people.
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Mr Macias’ sister Veronica Lopez described him as a “good guy” who “would do anything for everybody”.
“He used to say opinions don’t matter, relationships do,” said Mrs Lopez.
She added: “I think what he wanted people to know, this is a real thing. It’s serious, and it kills people.”
Mr Macias is survived by his mother, two sisters, four nieces and two great-nieces.
A spike of more than 9,740 new infections in California on Wednesday prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to reintroduce some lockdown measures.
Restaurants, bars, museums and zoos are being told to close their doors in a move that affects 19 counties representing 72 per cent of the state’s population.
It comes as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the US with the country reporting a record daily high of 50,000 infections on Wednesday.