(NY DAILY NEWS) – A 30-year-old coronavirus patient at a San Antonio medical center told a nurse, “I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not” shortly before dying, the hospital’s top doctor said.
Jane Appleby, the chief medical officer at Methodist Hospital, said in a somber video published Friday by WOAI-TV that the patient had attended a “COVID party” thrown by someone diagnosed with the virus.
COVID parties are held to see if anybody gets infected, Appleby said.
“This is just one example of a potentially avoidable death in a young member of our community,” Appleby said. “I can’t imagine the loss of the family.”
The doctor made the video hoping to get people to take precautions.
”It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible,” Appleby said. “I don’t want to be an alarmist, and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”
Coronavirus case counts in much of the U.S. have skyrocketed in recent weeks.
Bexar County, the central Texas county anchored by San Antonio, recorded 923 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, according to health authorities.
Bexar County has tallied the third-most confirmed coronavirus cases of any county statewide, logging 18,602, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Lone Star State’s official COVID-19 death toll stood at 3,112 on Saturday.