Local family who got COVID-19 after getting together for a meal once, cautions others

Local family who got COVID-19 after getting together for a meal once, cautions others

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local family got together for a meal and ,within days, several of them were battling COVID-19.

On Friday, Mecklenburg County warned people not to gather for Thanksgiving. Channel 9′s Mark Becker spoke to a family that’s begging people to listen.

“Let’s go have breakfast, cause everybody was fine. Everybody was feeling fine,” said Millie Bradshaw.

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Like many people, Bradshaw never saw COVID-19 coming, least of all from her own family, Nevertheless, it was after a family gathering at a local restaurant in October that she began to feel sick.

“The first thing you want to tell your mind is that it’s not going to happen to me,” she said.

Bradshaw said she then got a fever and body aches. She finally got tested, and 24 hours later, a message arrived saying she tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’m not going to lie to you. The first thing that came to my mind was my daughter and my son. What’s going to happen to me? Am I going to the hospital? Am I going to die? What’s going to happen to me?” she said.

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“She would cry because her body hurt that much. She cried because she had fever that nothing would bring down,” Flores said.

Bradshaw’s symptoms sent her daughter, April Flores’s emotions spinning. Flores is an EMT who works in emergency rooms, and all of the images she’s seen there began flashing through her mind.

“All the people with COVID, all the people I’ve seen on ventilators, all of my friends who are nurses who’ve lost patients who’ve been on ventilators for 20 plus days,” Flores said.

Before it was finished, the virus had infected April’s stepfather and her grandparents. They have all recovered, but with many others now making plans to spend the holidays with family, a mother and a daughter who have come through a COVID-19 nightmare have a warning.

“It happened in my family. And it was just one day, one sitting and one time spending time with them,” Bradshaw said.

“If you love your family and you love the people in your close circle, please don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas,” Flores said.

Bradshaw and Flores also said they are concerned about how many of the people getting COVID-19 in Charlotte are Hispanic, and they still see many Latinos not taking enough precautions. It’s something they’re hoping to change.