WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Fourteen family members in Texas have tested positive for COVID-19 after they all gathered for a party in Dallas last month.
- Tony Green, the host of the party, said he thought the coronavirus pandemic was a hoax.
- Green called the incident “a harsh lesson in the reality of COVID-19,” after it left one family member dead while another on life support.
Fourteen members of a Texas family in Dallas have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after they all gathered for a party in June.
Tony Green, who hosted the party with his partner, was tested positive for the novel coronavirus and has since recovered. He was interviewed on Inside Edition last week, sharing how the incident has impacted their family.
Green said he believed the global pandemic was a hoax.
“I believed the virus to be a hoax. I believed the mainstream media and the Democrats were using it to create panic, crash the economy and destroy Trump’s chances at re-election.”
Green told NBC News, in a separate interview, that he and his partner of nine years hosted their parents for a small party on June 13. He fell ill the next day. His parents and his partner also felt sick two days later. They did not wear a mask at the gathering.
“We just felt the worst was behind the country because everything was easy, things were reopening and none of us were experiencing any symptoms,” Green told NBC News.
Green’s partner’s parents became sick in June, too, after they traveled from Dallas to Austin to celebrate the birth of a grandson. More family members fell ill with the virus after the gathering. The ages of the family members who tested positive were not reported, and it was not clear whether they had any underlying health conditions.
Green’s partner’s grandmother was also infected with COVID-19 and died on July 2 in the hospital room right next to her sons, according to NBC News.
Green told the network that he regrets holding a get-together for his and his partners’ parents.
“I cannot help but feel responsible for convincing our families it was safe to have a get-together,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that I would have done differently.”
Green added that 12 of the 14 family members have either recovered or are currently recovering.