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Family of Levelland COVID-19 victim shares story

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Elizabeth Dominguez Elizabeth Dominguez

 "That was probably the longest night of our life, I think, was just waiting. When they called that Wednesday morning, and told us that he had just taken a turn for the worse, and that his heart had stopped...we just didn't know what to think," Elizabeth Dominguez said.

Dominguez lost her father, Michael, to COVID-19 last week.

He's the first person the virus has killed in Hockley County.


"He was a hard worker and he was a family man. He enjoyed spending time with me and my sister. With his grand kids especially," Dominguez recalled. "He was also a boyscout leader. He helped my son go through that... he helped him become the man that he is today."

The most difficult part for his family, because of quarantine, they could not be by his side.

"We couldn't be there to tell him goodbye. We couldn't tell him we loved him, which, he knew that. But, to not be able to say those words to your loved ones is hard. Not be able to hold their hands through that process with him, to hope that the knew they weren't alone, is the hardest thing," Dominguez said.

He began feeling sick on March 13th.

The next week he was admitted to Covenant Medical.

He died 2 weeks later.

"We pray each day for people who have been infected with this virus, that they get to come home. We just hope that we can make a change," Dominguez said.

She believes her father may have been exposed to the virus at a regional high school basketball tournament at South Plains College.

"He loved supporting those high school teens, even though he didn't know anybody. He just loved being out there. He had gone for the past 25 years," Dominguez said.


Dominguez was 60 years old.


They want his death to have a lasting impact.

They are urging people to take the pandemic seriously.

"We just hope that, people who don't understand, just stay home. We can hopefully stop this, before this gets worse. And that's all we're wanting," Dominguez said.

The family plans to host a celebration of life, once the threat of COVID-19 has passed.

Michael Dominguez was 60 years old.

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