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This Texas family urges people to stay home after 15 of them catch COVID-19 at a birthday party

The family filmed a PSA to tell people to stay home as people plan to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

People line up in their cars to receive Thanksgiving meal boxes that include turkey and pantry items from the Tarrant Area Food Bank Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at AT&T Stadium parking lot in Arlington, Texas.
People line up in their cars to receive Thanksgiving meal boxes that include turkey and pantry items from the Tarrant Area Food Bank Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at AT&T Stadium parking lot in Arlington, Texas.
Yffy Yossifor, Star-Telegram via Associated Press

One Texas family doesn’t want you to see your family during the holidays — mostly because of the devastation that COVID-19 caused them.

What’s going on?

A family from Arlington, Texas, recently filmed a PSA video that pleaded with Americans to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously and not travel for family gatherings, especially during the holidays.

The family said 15 of their family members tested positive for COVID-19 after they hosted a small birthday part indoors.

  • “I had family over at my house for some cake for my wife’s birthday. I didn’t think anything bad would happen,” one family member said. “Now I’m fighting coronavirus.”

In total, 12 people attended the family gathering got COVID-19. Three other family members — who did not attend — were infected later on.

“Everyone who went to my cousin’s house that day has tested positive for the coronavirus,” Alexa Aragonez, 26, said in the video.

Aragonez’s mother, Enriqueta Aragonez was hospitalized because of COVID-19.

  • “I’m fighting against COVID-19,” Enriqueta said in the video. “Please protect yourself. It’s real.”

The danger happened quick

The family members gathered together with the plan to head outside and keep social distancing. But people gathered in the living room and saw down without mask. They shared food like fajitas and cake, according to The Washington Post.

Old habits return.

  • “It really was: ‘Hey, I’m coming in’ and everyone started talking,” Aragonez said, according to The Washington Post. “They naturally gravitated to the living room. ... It was not like we were, ‘Let’s all hang out inside.’ We fell back into our old habits.”

The bigger picture:

Alexa Aragonez told Yahoo Life that you never know when COVID-19 will strike your family.

  • “We really truly have been following CDC guidelines with the exception of gathering,” Alexa Aragonez told Yahoo Life. “We thought if we just maintain this small circle we won’t get infected because we’re not reintroducing different people into our lives and creating a domino effect. But I will say you really never know when this virus will hit you or hit your family.”