Stephen Reynolds, right, is still in hospital with Covid (Picture: ABC 7/Reynolds family)
Eighteen members of the same family have tested positive for coronavirus following a huge Christmas party which went ahead despite one woman having a scratchy cough.
What started out as a holiday gathering for the Reynolds family, from Milmont Park, Pennsylvania, turned into a superspreader event that left two people in hospital with Covid.
Darlene Reynolds, 55, says her son Luke has just been discharged from hospital after contracting coronavirus at Christmas but her husband, Stephen, has been on a ward for nine days.
It comes after the family – including some extended relatives who traveled from Canada – got together for a festive party on December 27.
That’s despite the fact Darlene admits to waking up the previous day with a scratchy tickle in her throat, reports ABC 7.
‘I had no fever because I kept checking it – no fever, no fever, no fever. I said, I’ll keep a distance since I have a tiny little cough,’ said Reynolds.
The next day, family members arrived for the party soon after which, people who attended started getting sick too.
Darlene Reynolds, left, with son Luke who was admitted to hospital with Covid after the party (Picture: ABC 7/Reynolds family)
Stephen Reynolds, pictured, is recovering well in hospital according to the family (Picture: Facebook)
Darlene added: ‘So we were sick, but we didn’t know we had Covid. We could’ve had the flu, but it was scary.
‘We got tested, and we tested positive. And then my husband tested positive the next day.
‘And then (my daughter) was getting sick and she tested positive and my son tested positive.’
In all, 18 family members ranging in ages from one to 62 became infected with the virus following their get-together on December 27.
Darlene’s husband Stephen has suffered the worst and still requires hospital treatment.
Some members of the family traveled from Canada to be at the party (Picture: ABC 7/Reynolds family)
People started getting sick with Covid in the days after the party (Picture: ABC 7/Reynolds family)
Joy Purdie, Darlene’s daughter, said: ‘He’s headed in the right direction. He’ll need oxygen when he comes home.’
Meanwhile, as Stephen recovers from Covid his business, called Mini Movers, got sidelined when the company truck broke down – leaving the Reynold’s with ‘no income’.
However another local business owner, Lisa Riggin of J. Riggin Painting, hear about the Reynolds’ story on Facebook and decided to step in.
She has managed to raise $4,000 to help the family get by.
Stephen’s husband, Darlene, had a sore throat the day before the party (Picture: ABC 7/Reynolds family)
Lisa said: ‘The truck’s been down for a month and they haven’t had income and I just don’t want to see them lose their home or their business.
‘People are donating, not as much as I would like, but people are responding. We had a guy last night who donated $500. He doesn’t even know me or her.’
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