“The virus is real and we certainly cannot let our guard down,” DeWine said.
Parker was invited to speak after DeWine was made aware of her story following her social media.
Parker said shortly after her family gathering, that one of those that had attended was around a person who was asymptomatic. When those that attended started to show symptoms, they all took immediate action, she added.
“Thankfully everybody was very responsible and by midweek had been self isolating and scrambling for tests,” Parker said.
“We dropped our guard. You have heard the stories over and over again. We dropped our guard and we thought we certainly don’t have any symptoms,” She added. “‘We know all these people. We’ve been around them. What is the harm?' And sadly people got sick.”
According to her Facebook posts, 11 of the people, including herself, who attended the family gathering tested positive for COVID-19.
“We’ve been exceedingly lucky; no one needed hospitalization, and no one died. While sick, I had literally every symptom on the CDC list,” Parker wrote on Facebook. “I had days where it was all I could do to get up and go to the bathroom. Days I drank water and did not even attempt to eat.”
Parker said on Wednesday that she felt it was necessary to share her story and to show how the virus can affect peoples’ lives.