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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

"I went to my nephew's house and loved seeing my family, but now, I'm fighting against covid-19," Aragonez said in a video message. "Please protect yourself. It's real." [Enriqueta] Aragonez is one of 15 family members who contracted the coronavirus after a small indoor birthday celebration earlier this month where no one wore masks. Weeks later, in an emotional video shared by the city of Arlington, the family is begging others to avoid gathering with anyone outside their immediate household.

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"Of course we regret getting together, but we all have in mind that this could be a lesson for all of us," Alexa Aragonez, Enriqueta's daughter, told The Washington Post on Sunday. "One moment of carelessness has cost us a month of peace, has cost us sleep, has cost us laughs, has cost us a lot of money."

Eight members of the Aragonez family drove from Arlington to Fort Worth for the birthday lunch at her cousin's house, where four other relatives lived. The plan was never to gather indoors, Aragonez said, but as family members arrived, people congregated in the living room, where for a couple of hours, everyone sat around the couch without masks, sharing fajitas and chocolate cake.

"It really was: Hey, I'm coming in' and everyone started talking," Aragonez said. "They naturally gravitated to the living room. ... It was not like we were, Let's all hang out inside.' We fell back into our old habits."

The next day, one of the cousins who had attended the lunch texted the group. "I did not wake up feeling well," she wrote. "How are you feeling?"

More and more relatives soon chimed in that they, too, had fallen ill. And within five days, all 12 relatives who had attended the gathering, including four children and a pregnant woman, had tested positive for the coronavirus.

"Everyone. It did not miss a single one," Aragonez said. "Everyone who went to the event tested positive."

Cautionary tale just in time for Thanksgiving. If you love your family, then put safety first and foremost so that once this pandemic runs its course everyone will still be around to enjoy our next opportunities for unencumbered family gatherings.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-11-24 07:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Hope it was a good lunch.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2020-11-24 10:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

As long as it was tax deductible.

-Trumpy and the trumpets.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-11-24 03:04 PM | Reply

It is not worth it. Won't be celebrating Christmas with the family this year unless we do it outdoors - in Michigan. May be possible around a big old bonfire where we all stay separated as households...

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-11-24 04:09 PM | Reply

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