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‘It can infect anybody:’ Marshall County family’s message after 5 survive coronavirus

The family told us they believe they caught the virus from other family members who later tested positive.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 6:30 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2020 7:36 AM

Every day for the last several months, the Alabama Department of Public Health has released the state's latest numbers of coronavirus patients. 

Those patients are kept anonymous, but those numbers represent our neighbors.

"Watching my 20-month-old daughter just struggle and hurt. There was one night I was holding my little girl and she was just crying and I had done everything I could do for her, and she just laid on my shoulder and cried until she fell asleep," said Mahalia Barnes, a local coronavirus survivor. 

Barnes told WAAY 31 she was scared when she and her husband received their positive coronavirus test results. She says her whole family, including her three young children, all experienced coronavirus symptoms. 

Her 20-month-old twins were born prematurely, so Barnes worried her biggest fear could have been a reality. 

"My whole thing this entire time has been, I don’t ever want to see one of my children on a ventilator again. You just don’t. As a mother you don’t want to see that and I don’t want to see that for anybody," said Barnes.

Barnes says even before her test came back positive she was feeling symptoms. 

"Fever, chills, extreme body aches, like I didn’t even think I could get out of the bed," she said. 

Barnes says even though she had severe symptoms, she was more worried about her children. 

"It scared me because I didn’t know what to expect for them. Luckily they just had the G.I. problems and they didn’t have the respiratory symptoms," she said.

"But the biggest message that I think people need to understand right now is that it can infect anybody and you don’t know how your body is going to react to it."

She has a message for the community after sharing what her family has gone through: "It’s not worth it. We will wear the mask, we will social distance, we will sanitize. We will do our part because I don’t want anyone else to experience what we have," said Barnes. 

Barnes said it's been 19 days and none of her family members have their senses of taste or smell back. 

But she says her family members have their energy back and are feeling much better. Thankfully no one in the family had to be hospitalized. 

They told us they believe they caught the virus from other family members who later tested positive.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 136055

Reported Deaths: 2364
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Mobile13449292
Montgomery8852184
Tuscaloosa8654118
Madison792778
Shelby601349
Lee592760
Baldwin552650
Marshall396143
Calhoun353444
Etowah352145
Morgan331428
Houston292021
Elmore267348
DeKalb243221
St. Clair233036
Walker231984
Talladega217129
Limestone211920
Cullman190720
Dallas179126
Franklin178129
Autauga177325
Russell17633
Lauderdale172333
Colbert166626
Blount161715
Escambia161124
Chilton158830
Jackson158111
Covington140327
Dale139244
Coffee13596
Pike120510
Chambers116842
Tallapoosa116485
Clarke110016
Marion96829
Butler91339
Barbour8857
Winston74512
Marengo72420
Pickens66614
Bibb65610
Lowndes65427
Randolph65413
Hale64428
Geneva6344
Lawrence62123
Cherokee61213
Bullock60614
Monroe5908
Clay5878
Washington55913
Perry5416
Crenshaw54032
Conecuh53611
Wilcox53211
Henry5075
Macon48318
Fayette4628
Sumter43819
Cleburne3825
Lamar3702
Choctaw35112
Greene30315
Coosa1723
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 192995

Reported Deaths: 2377
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Shelby30953459
Davidson26630306
Hamilton951995
Knox949779
Rutherford936189
Williamson531036
Sumner486598
Wilson351945
Putnam334940
Montgomery311144
Unassigned30425
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Madison292164
Sevier263815
Blount253524
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Sullivan219733
Hamblen193926
Tipton183219
Gibson170423
Trousdale16667
Hardeman158226
Wayne14995
Dyer138714
Bedford136417
Dickson127415
Coffee125413
Cumberland121718
Weakley120519
Fayette120419
Anderson120013
Obion119110
Henderson118924
Loudon11846
Carter117728
Greene116144
McMinn114625
Jefferson113014
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Macon106721
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Hardin104716
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Haywood99221
Franklin9899
Lake9252
Roane9055
Carroll89920
McNairy89618
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White8479
Rhea84412
Hawkins82218
Cheatham81510
Marshall7785
Overton7586
Cocke7549
Smith73111
Johnson7262
Chester64310
Giles63117
Henry6289
Lincoln6241
Hickman5938
DeKalb57014
Crockett54219
Marion5338
Decatur5307
Fentress5263
Campbell4544
Claiborne4425
Polk39910
Grainger3863
Union3642
Benton3379
Jackson3315
Morgan3203
Grundy3095
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Unicoi2891
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Clay2335
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