A 17-year-old girl from Florida died of complications due to COVID-19 after she attended a church party of over 100 people. According to a local medical examiner, she did not wear a mask and those in attendance did not practice social distancing.
Carsyn Leigh Davis died June 23, approximately two weeks after she attended a youth event at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers. The church allegedly hosted a “release party” with a DJ, karaoke, and basketball on June 10. The church has since deleted the original Facebook event.
“Service is back and better than ever! We will be having our Release Party in the gym tonight at 6:45,” the event page read. “There will be games, awesome giveaways, free food, a DJ and music, and the start of our new sermon series. And we’ll be starting Summer Nights afterward with karaoke and basketball! We hope to see you there!”
Davis’ mother, who is a nurse, and her stepdad, a physician’s assistant, treated her with azithromycin between June 10-15. She developed a headache and mild cough while taking the drug. Her parents would later treat her with hydroxychloroquine before finally seeking medical attention.
Davis’ condition did not improve. She was taken to Gulf Coast Medical Center and then transferred to Golisano Hospital PICU. She tested positive for coronavirus and died four days later. The teenager had previously battled cancer and suffered from a nervous-system disorder.
First Assembly of God publicly denounced reports that it intentionally exposed members to the coronavirus by ignoring safety guidelines during the youth event. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, they referred to the claims as “false and defamatory.”
“Those allegations are absolutely false. They are based upon irresponsible speculation and inaccurate information,” the church statement reads. “Because those false reports have been picked up, perpetuated and posted throughout national, local and social media, the church has been subject to a relentless attack and finds itself forced to make this statement in an effort to get the truth out.”
Twitter posts by Rebekah Jones, a former Florida Department of Health employee, referred to the June 10 event as a “coronavirus party.” She published screenshots of social media posts by Davis’ mother that included anti-mask statements. One of the statements read, “Don’t Mask Our Kids.”
Jones said Davis’ mother took her to the party to “intentionally expose her immuno-compromised daughter to this virus.”