Joe Gallucci first began to experience symptoms – a fever – during the family’s 12-hour trip from the Cleveland area.
After his family arrived at their spring break rental in Murrells Inlet, Joe laid down to rest and remained there for an entire day.
“We thought he was just catching a cold,” Kelly Gallucci says.
A COVID-19 test told another story: Joe had caught the virus. Eventually, Kelly Gallucci also tested positive.
While Joe and Kelly isolated themselves on the upper floor of their rental home, their three daughters — Grace, 17, Gianna, 16, and Genna, 13 — remained free of the illness and stayed with Kelly’s sister, Heather, and her family.