Tarrant County continues to alert increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Yesterday, the county reported more than 1,500 new cases. One Arlington family is proof of the speed with which this virus spread.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and this Aragonez family is sharing their coronavirus message before people decide to spend the holiday with groups of people.
The coronavirus pandemic has proved that one small get-together, even if it’s just close family, can impact the entire family.
This Aragonez family in Arlington often spend time together. This month, 12 of them gathered to celebrate a birthday.
Alexa Aragonez said, “We don’t go to restaurants, we don’t really party.”
“We all go to work and come home and we thought that staying in our close, nuclear cell of folks would keep us safe, and that was not the case.”
Alexa dropped off her 57-year-old mother at her cousin’s house.
In less than three days, multiple people had symptoms of COVID-19.
From ages that ranged from 8 to 57, there were 15 family members who tested positive.
Alexa's mother went to the hospital and she was released Thursday.
Alexa said, “Whenever she went to the hospital, it was devastating to all of us. We felt guilty for exposing her to the virus.”
“My mother is finally back home. She does not need oxygen, thankfully, but she still has pneumonia and pain in her chest. She still doesn't have a taste or smell.”
Tarrant County has now reported 81,600 total cases of the coronavirus, and there are 765 people in the county’s hospitals.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, health officials want to alert people to stay home and celebrate the holiday with only those who live in their homes.