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A Texas man died after attending a 'COVID party' because he thought coronavirus is a hoax, authorities said.
The man was 30 years old at the time of his death, according to Methodist Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jane Appleby.
Appleby told news organizations that the patient, who has not been named, had attended a so-called COVID party prior to contracting coronavirus.
The man, 30, who died from coronavirus after attending a 'COVID party' told his nurse at Methodist Hospital that he thought the virus was a 'hoax' shortly before dying
'This is a party held by somebody diagnosed by the COVID virus and the thought is to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected,' Appleby told News 4 San Antonio.
The man who attended the party then became critically ill.
While in the hospital, Appleby said that just before he died, he looked at his nurse and said, 'I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it's not.'
Appleby also told KSAT that, 'He didn’t really believe. He thought the disease was a hoax. He thought he was young and he was invincible and wouldn’t get affected by the disease.'
Appleby said that she decided to go public about this particular coronavirus death because the spike in COVID-19 cases has been continuing in Bexar County, where San Antonio is located.
She said that the coronavirus positivity rate has increased from five per cent just a few weeks prior to 22 per cent.
Appleby called it a 'concerning increase.'
Methodist Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jane Appleby (pictured) said she was speaking out about this case because of increasing coronavirus case rates in the county
Appleby added that she wasn't being an 'alarmist,' but wanted to share a real-world example in an effort to help the 'community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.'
She said that coronavirus 'doesn't discriminate and none of us are invincible.'
Appleby directed her comments at the younger adult demographic in particular, noting that some of these patients have no idea how sick they actually are.
'People will come in initially and they don’t look so bad,' she said, but their oxygen levels and lab tests tell a different story.
She said that she has been seeing more coronavirus cases in people in their 20s and 30s recently.
'My plea to our community and especially all of our young folks in the community is to take it seriously. Wear your mask,' Appleby said.
Bexar County has more than 18,600 confirmed coronavirus cases. The Department of Health said Friday that 923 new cases were reported, according to ABC News.
Texas, Florida and California are among numerous states experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections.