Twenty-eight members of one Los Angeles family have tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.

One member of the family, Richard Garay, said he began feeling mild symptoms late last month, which quickly deteriorated.

“It went from, you know, one day being OK to I can’t breathe, I can’t get up, I cannot eat,” Garay told CBS Los Angeles.


Garay said he and his 60-year-old father, Vidal Garay, lost their senses of smell and taste before testing positive for COVID-19 in early June. The Los Angeles man said that he quarantined with his father, and one morning he woke up and was “gasping for air.” 

“I’m like, ‘Dad, I don’t think I’m going to make it,'” Garay told CBS Los Angeles. “That was the last thing I told my father, and the last thing my dad saw was his son suffocating.”

Garay’s father died the night before Father’s Day in June. He was also battling a rare form of anemia, and had previously fought Leukemia, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Public health officials have warned that those with previous health conditions including blood disorders and cancers are particularly susceptible to contracting and experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19.  

Garay was hospitalized, but he has since recovered. He confirmed that 28 members of his extended family have tested positive for COVID-19, and most have recovered at home. The infected family members included children and a pregnant woman, among others, according to KTLA5

The family is not certain on how they contracted the virus, but they claim that it could have been a caretaker who cares for Garay’s mother or a family member who visited in May. 

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomA nationwide response from an unusual place: City halls California, Florida, Texas report new single day high coronavirus death tolls Watch live: California Gov. Gavin Newsom holds coronavirus press briefing MORE (D) warned this week that the state will pause its reopening process if needed as the state battles a surge of new coronavirus cases.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have risen by 32 percent over the last two weeks.