LOGANVILLE, GA – Casey Collins and his mother have 13 days left to quarantine in her Loganville home after testing positive for COVID-19. They were tested Saturday when Collins’ father, David Collins, passed away in Gwinnett Medical Center after becoming infected with COVID-19.
“He lay there for five days and we couldn’t go and see him,” Collins said. His mother, Shirley, was only able to go into the hospital at the end. “She got to see him. They let her go up to see him just before he passed.”
Collins said due to the protective coverings his mother had to wear when she last saw his father, he is 99 % sure she didn’t become infected then. He believes that he and his mother were probably infected earlier last week when he first took his father to the hospital Monday and then picked him up again Tuesday afternoon.
“They released him at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday and we were in the car together for about 40 minutes,” Collins said, adding he then went home to Decatur to be with his wife and two small children. Now, after getting the results yesterday and he and his mother are both positive for COVID-19, he has returned to spend his quarantine time back in Walton County with his mother. But he’s scared that he could have already passed it on to his wife or children.
“It’s scary. We don’t have any symptoms so you have no way of knowing when you got it. You just have to start your 14 days from when you get the results,” Collins said. He is speaking out now he says because he doesn’t want other people to hurt like he and his family are hurting. He couldn’t get to say goodbye to his father and now they can’t even have a funeral.
“It’s just an awful feeling. I have a 2-month-old and a 2 1/2-year-old and now – and now I’m scared they’re positive too,” he said.
Collins has this warning for others in the community.
“If you think you’re being careful, be 10 times more careful. Don’t touch your face, eat your vitamins and stay healthy – and don’t go anywhere,” Collins said. “It’s a bad thing. My dad had an immune disorder, that’s why he went so fast.”
Collins said his father was careful. He only left the house for doctors’ appointments.
“Especially with all this stuff going on. He had a doctor’s appointment on March 16 with a blood doctor he was seeing and he made the comment to me that he didn’t feel very safe in the waiting room and valet area. It was a cancer type center and there could have been other sick people there too, who knows,” Collins said. “He started having the low-grade fever and chalked it up to the new medicine he was on. He didn’t go in until Monday. They released him Tuesday and he went back in again that night, but by then it was too late.”
Collins said his father was 75 and did have an underlying condition. He is 41, but is still concerned about the rest of his family as well.
“This thing is bad. We need to take it seriously,” he said. “I would hate for anybody else to go through what my family is going through now.”
Gov. Brian Kemp has now issued a “shelter in place” order to go into effect on Friday for at least the next 10 days and has canceled in-school classes for the balance of the school year. At noon Wednesday, Walton County had 12 people positive for COVID-19, and no deaths reported. It is unclear how far behind in reporting the Georgia Departent of Public Health is at this time.