Health worker reveals she and 15 of her friends all contracted coronavirus when the lockdown was eased

A Florida worker has come down with coronavirus along with 15 of her friends after the group all got together and went out to a bar ten days ago.

Erika Crisp, 40, has revealed that she had been suffering from some of the classic symptoms of the disease including shortness of breath before testing positive for COVID-19.

Crisp was able to identify where and when she caught the virus after she went out for a drink to Lynch's Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach along with more than a dozen of her friends on June 6.

She has been sick for well over a week now after falling ill just three days after being exposed.


A number of other customers have also testing positive for coronavirus and the general manager shut the venue down over the weekend for a deep clean of the premises.

49 employees at the bar were tested for the virus of which seven tested positive.

Crisp explained to News4Jax how she had stuck closely to social distancing rules and stayed inside for months 'doing everything the right way.'

'And then the first night we go out, Murphy's Law, I guess,' Crisp said. 'The only thing we have in common is that one night at that one bar.'

'I think we were careless and we went out into a public place when we should not have. And we were not wearing masks. I think we had a whole 'Out of sight, out of mind' mentality. The state opens back up and said everybody was fine, so we took advantage of that,' she explained.

'We should be wearing masks. We should be social distancing,' Crisp noted. 'It was too soon to open everything back up.'

The healthcare worker also posted some of her thoughts in a Facebook posting.

'Out of my group alone, 10 of us are now confirmed positive. 4 more tests are pending. Other groups are reporting they too were at this particular place on this particular weekend. And no, we did NOT bar hop. It was the ONLY bar my group of people went to & it was the only time I saw them. Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2-14 days after contact. Everyone is different.

'Again, I should have known better. I should have been more cautious. But alas, it is what it is. I have it, my friends have it, we can give you that info & you can do with it what you will. I encourage everyone to be considerate of others. We’re not out to hurt anyone or damage an establishments reputation. We have no agenda or motive. These are crap times so be kind. As always, peace & mad love,' she wrote.

Crisp's fears are valid. Florida is one of of 22 states where daily coronavirus cases are rising.

The state's coronavirus cases have been rising to record levels and the percentage of positive tests has been steadily climbing ever since the Sunshine State began its official reopening on May 18th and a relaxation began on May 4th.

The state has been setting new daily records for the number of coronavirus cases, with more than 1,000 being reported each day for a period of two weeks. 

There were a total of 80,109 cases on Tuesday, an increase of 3.6% from Monday. There have been a total of 2,993 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state reported a record-high one-day increase of 2,783 new cases on Tuesday.



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