18 family members, ranging in age from 1 to 62, have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a holiday gathering.
As reported by WPVI on Tuesday, 55-year-old Darlene Reynolds said she woke up with a scratchy throat on December 26, the day before hosting an event at her house in Milmont Park, Pennsylvania.
“I had no fever because I kept checking it — no fever, no fever, no fever. I said, ‘I’ll keep a distance since I have a tiny little cough,’” she said.
Despite her cough, Reynolds went ahead with the party, which was attended by family members from as far away as Canada.
Unfortunately, she said people began getting sick after the bash.
“So we were sick, but we didn’t know we had COVID. We could’ve had the flu, but it was scary,” she continued. “We got tested and we tested positive. And then my husband tested positive the next day. And then (my daughter) was getting sick and she tested positive and my son tested positive.”
Overall, 18 members of the family got the coronavirus, including Reynolds’ son and her husband Stephen, who both went on to be hospitalized.
Sadly, Stephen — whose business, Mini Movers, got sidelined due to a broken truck — has spent the last nine days at Riddle Hospital.
“He’s headed in the right direction; he’ll need oxygen when he comes home,” said Reynolds’ daughter, Joy Purdie.
To help cover bills, family members have created a GoFundMe in Steve’s honor.
“Steve Reynolds is the kind of guy that makes you feel extra special just by giving you his sole attention. He has a way of locking into a conversation, making you feel like nothing else in the world matters except for what you and him are talking about,” the page read. “His undeniable faith in God is infectious and his joy radiates across his face when he watches his grandkids play.”
As of this writing, Steve’s page has raised over $5,000.
Additionally, Lisa Riggin of J. Riggin Painting — who saw Steve’s story on Facebook — has set up Venmo and PayPal accounts to raise money for the family.
“The truck’s been down for a month and they haven’t had income and I just don’t want to see them lose their home or their business,” Riggin told WPVI.
“People are donating, not as much as I would like, but people are responding. We had a guy last night who donated $500. He doesn’t even know me or her.”