The family of a Lake Elsinore man claims to have died of COVID-19 after going to a party and being infected, and also posted that he was feeling bad on social media, saying he regretted going to the meeting.
Tommy Macias went to a party with friends a few weeks ago, then received a call from one of those friends saying he turned out to be positive for COVID19 and everyone should be tested.
A few days later, Macias died in the hospital.
Laughing and being foolish is how Macias’ family says they want to remember him.
“He was just a fun-loving person. He loved choosing people. He loved making jokes about everything,” said his granddaughter, Danielle Lopez.
His uncle posted on Facebook days before his death saying he had contracted the coronavirus after going out and was concerned about endangering the rest of his family̵
The 51-year-old attended a party on Lake Elsinore after being quarantined for months.
“It was just a moment for him. Since things were getting a lot more forgiving, he hadn’t seen his friends in so long, he thought things were getting better and he decided to go and see them and so quickly he was taken by us, “she said.
Macias started to feel sick and thought it was a problem with diabetes, but last Sunday he had breathing problems and was rushed to hospital.
He was intubated and put on a fan, but died two hours later.
“We wish we could tell him how much we love him. And we could say goodbye,” said Lopez.
As coronavirus cases continue to rise and many counties adjust to the reopening process, Lopez said he wants everyone to know how devastating the virus can really be.
“You can’t just assume you’re okay. You have to take that extra precaution to protect everyone around you. It just seems like it should be common sense and common courtesy not to unknowingly cause this harm to other people,” he said. .