LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — A man who tested positive for coronavirus after ignoring social distancing guidance, posted a regretful message on Facebook the day before he died.
In June, Thomas Macias attended a barbecue in Lake Elsinore, California where he came in contact with a friend, who had tested positive for coronavirus but attended the party anyway. According to Gustavo Lopez, Macias’ brother-in-law, The friend later told Macias that he had the virus, but thought that because he was not showing symptoms, he couldn’t infect others, according to NBC News.
Macias, 51, started to feel ill not long after the party, but attributed it to his diabetes. He tested positive for COVID-19 on June 18 and died just three days later.
The day before he died, he shared a post on Facebook about how he regretted his decision to attend the party and how it affected others he cared about.
Danielle Lopez, Macias’ niece, said that Macias had taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously before his death, according to Valley News.
“He wore masks,. He wasn’t really going out anywhere, which is why, when everything started becoming more lenient and he thought it was okay to go out immediately, went to spend time with his friends because he thought it was okay. But before that he was only going out when he absolutely needed to, he wore his mask religiously and he was taking all the precautions that he could,” Danielle Lopez told Valley News.
California has recently reversed course for reopening in the wake of a resurgent COVID-19 outbreak.
Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down bars, wineries, museums, movie theaters and inside-restaurant dining across most of the state for three weeks as of Wednesday — enough time to determine whether those actions will once again slow the spread of infections.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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