San Diego grandmother, 100, dies of COVID-19 after negative test results

Posted at 7:16 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 10:34:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A 100-year-old grandmother from San Diego died Monday morning from COVID-19 complications -- just days after her family said she tested negative for the virus.

Jin Cho said his grandmother tested positive for coronavirus in March, but she never developed a cough nor a fever, and her condition appeared to be improving.

According to Cho, doctors ordered another test on April 9 that came back negative. However, a third test the following day was positive.

“We were just totally devastated. It meant she had to fight that thing on her own again,” Cho told 10News anchor Lindsey Peña.

Cho said his grandmother was supposed to be tested again on Monday, but the family received word that she passed away early in the morning.

It was heartbreaking for the family because she died alone, as coronavirus patients have to be isolated.

Cho is now urging everyone to stay a safe distance from each other, regardless of test results.

“Even if you get that negative test, I wouldn’t believe it because I’ve seen firsthand that it’s not true,” Cho said.