Teen dies after contracting Covid for second time at party

Ash Cant
·2-min read

An 18-year-old has died after testing positive for Covid-19 a second time just weeks after recovering from the virus.

In October, Wilber Portillo travelled from Denver in the US state of Colorado to Los Angeles with his cousin.

His uncle, Oscar Castillo, told Denver news organisation Denverite that both Wilber and his cousin were showing Covid-19 symptoms when they returned.

They later tested positive for the virus and eventually returned a negative test after recovering.

Wilber Portillo, 18, died after testing positive for Covid-19 a second time. Source: Fox31/GoFundMe
Wilber Portillo, 18, died after testing positive for Covid-19 a second time. Source: Fox31/GoFundMe

However a month later, Wilber went to a party where two people tested positive for the virus and again he showed symptoms.

Wilber’s girlfriend, Andrea Ferrel, told Fox31 he went to the doctors on November 18 and was told he had an infection in his lungs.

“I was very worried I didn’t hear from him the next morning,” Ms Ferrel told FOX31.

After seeing the doctor, Wilber went to sleep and never woke up.

Two days after his death, it was confirmed he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Girlfriend urges people to ‘stay home’

Mr Castillo told Denverite Wilber’s death took the family by surprise, and said they would never know what caused the 18-year-old to succumb to the virus.

“Just because you’re young, you aren’t immune to it... even though we see more cases with older people and people with health conditions and even people without health conditions,” Ms Ferrel told Fox31.

“It’s important that you stay home.”

Wilber moved to the US when he was five-years-old from El Salvador, and moved in with his uncle after his parents decided to return two years later.

“He had a lot of discipline,” Mr Castillo told Denverite.

“When he wanted to do something, he just went for it. He was determined to do something positive with his life. And he did for the time he was with us.”

Wilber graduated high school in 2020, while also completing a real estate course at a community college.

He had launched his own business and volunteered for an organisation called Metro Caring in 2019.

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