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The 30-year-old died after attending the booze-fuelled gathering of coronavirus sceptics in San Antonio, Texas. The barely-believable party was thrown with the express aim of seeing if any party-goers became infected. San Antonio health official Dr Jane Appleby said: “The idea of these parties is to see if the virus is real.
“This is a party held by somebody diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus and the thought is to see if the virus is real, and to see if anyone gets infected.”
Ms Appleby, Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Healthcare reported how the patient in their 30s became critically ill and had made a heartbreaking statement moments before passing.
She added: “Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.”
This case was made public by Dr Appleby as the spike in cases continues to rise in Bexar County, Texas.
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She said she hoped everyone realise started to realise it does not matter who you are when it comes to COVID-19 and added: “It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible.
“I don’t want to be an alarmist, and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realise that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”
On top of that, she said the positivity rate had jumped to 22 per cent.
It’s a rate calculated by testing 100 people from the city and then seeing what per cent test positive for COVID.
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Dr Appleby said: “This is a concerning increase from a positive rate of about five per cent only several weeks ago.”
On Thursday night alone Bexar County was reporting nearly 18,000 cases with more than 1,200 patients in the hospital system.
More than 1,000 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths were announced for San Antonio, Bexar County over the weekend.
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On Saturday, city officials announced 535 new cases and nine deaths.
On Sunday, officials announced 511 new COVID-19 cases and another nine deaths.
This totals 1,046 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths in just two days for the area.
Of the nine deaths on Sunday, Mayor Nirenberg said in a Facebook post that all of the patients had underlying health conditions, which include five women and four men.
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Five residents were in their 80s, three were in their 70s and one was in their 50s.
As of Sunday, 6,182 patients have recovered and 13,282 patients are still ill.
COVID-19 related hospitalizations are also still on the rise, and available capacity at area hospitals is dwindling.
City officials said as of Sunday, hospitals in Bexar County have just 10 percent of available capacity.
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Hospitals are currently caring for 1,265 COVID-19 patients, the city reports.
Of the hospitalized patients, 419 are in the ICU and 246 are on ventilators.
There are 387 staffed beds available, or 10%, and 373 ventilators, or 47%.
On Sunday, Houston city leaders called for lockdown as area hospitals struggle to accommodate the onslaught of COVID-19 patients.