Dr. Jane Appleby, the medical director at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, says the hospital treated a patient attending a “COVID party”.

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A Texas doctor says a 30-year-old patient died after participating in a “COVID party” and thought the coronavirus pandemic was a cool one.

The patient, who was treated at a San Antonio hospital, is just one of thousands to test positive in the state in recent days. On Saturday, Texas State officials reported a record 10,351 daily new cases.

“We took care of a 30-year-old patient at Methodist Hospital who told his nurse that they had attended a” COVID party. “… Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said” I think I have made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not, “Dr. Jane Appleby said in a video statement from USA TODAY. Appleby is the Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio.

Appleby said the parties are held by the skeptic of the virus and include anyone who has tested positive in the past. Participants go to see “if the virus is real and if someone gets infected.”

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Similar parties have been reported in other areas of the country, including Alabama and Kentucky.

Young people are increasingly catching and spreading the new virus. People under the age of 45 accounted for 42% of cases before Memorial Day weekend, but 55% of cases reported since then, a US TODAY analysis found at the end of June.

Although COVID-19 has been primarily known for its impact on the elderly, experts said the disease can also weaken patients in cohorts at a young age. And they warned that an expansion of cases among younger people would eventually threaten all vulnerable people with whom they came into contact.

The Methodist Hospital is currently treating several COVID-19 patients in their 20s and 30s, Appleby said. Some may need intensive care, she said.

Appleby urged the Texans to wear a mask, stay at home whenever possible and avoid spending time with groups of people.

Starring: Jayme Fraser, Matt Wynn, Dan Keemahill and Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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