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A Californian revealed that 28 family members had tested positive for the coronavirus, including his father who died a week ago, just before Father’s Day.
Richard Garay told KTLA that he was the first in his family to become infected with COVID-19 last month.
Shortly after his diagnosis, 27 other members of his family, including his 60-year-old father, Vidal Garay, fell ill.
“It went from a runny nose to a full-blown headache,” said Garay.
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Richard Garay (photo) said he was the first in his family to be infected with COVID-19 last month
Shortly after her diagnosis, 27 other family members (photo), including her 60-year-old father, Vidal Garay, fell ill.
Garay (right) said his health had worsened while his father’s health (center) was also in decline.
Garay said his health had worsened while his father’s health was also declining.
“I looked at my father and said to my father,” Dad, I don’t think I’m going to get there, “he said.
“Unfortunately, these are my last words to my father, and this is the last thing my father saw of me,” Garay told KTLA.
Garay’s father died a day before Father’s Day and a month after celebrating his 60th birthday.
Although it is not known exactly how family members contracted the disease, Garay says they believe it is through contact with each other.
A KTLA video clip shows Vidal with family members around his birthday in May.
“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.”
Most of Garay’s family members have recovered from the virus.
The Garay family is now raising money on GoFundMe to pay for Vidal’s funeral costs.
“He was a fighter, a model and never resigned,” Vidal’s family wrote on the site.
“I looked at my father and said to my father,” Dad, I don’t think I’m going to get there, “he said. “Unfortunately, these are my last words to my father, and this is the last thing my father saw of me,” said Garay. Garay’s father Vidal died just one day before Father’s Day
Most of Garay’s family members have recovered from the virus. The Garay family is now raising money on GoFundMe to pay for Vidal’s funeral costs. Vidal is pictured with his wife Norma and their three grandchildren
In addition to his wife, Vidal (second from the right) leaves behind his three adult children, Juan, Richard and Benjamin (photo) and three grandchildren, a fourth of whom will soon be born.
“We are all heartbroken at the loss of Vidal and were unprepared for the high cost of the funeral. We want to give Vidal the memorial he deserves, honor his memory and say our last goodbyes, “added the family.
Vidal is survived by his 34-year-old wife Norma, his three children, Juan, Richard and Benjamin, as well as three grandchildren, a fourth of whom will soon be born.
The state of California is one of several states that are seeing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases.
More than 2,500,000 infections have been recorded in America, representing a quarter of the nearly 10 million cases worldwide, according to a count by John Hopkins University – as fears grow that the worst is yet to come for several states.
There are more than 2.5 million cases of coronavirus in the United States with 125,000 deaths
The United States registered more than 45,000 new infections on Saturday, setting a dismal new daily record for confirmed cases since the outbreak hit American soil.
In Los Angeles County, health officials warned on Saturday that the state is facing a “critical time” for the pandemic and that plans to reopen could also be jeopardized if current case trends continue.
“If we do not find in ourselves the respect of these mandates, including the wearing of face covers and the distance when we are around others, we compromise our ability to move forward on the road to recovery,” said Barbara Ferrer , county health director.
“Our collective responsibility is to take immediate action, as individuals and as businesses, to reverse the trends we know. “
His remarks came after California reported 2,169 new cases of coronavirus.