While Okanogan County isn’t divulging names and locations of confirmed cases, Methow Valley resident John Bonica elected to share his experience with COVID-19 through a video on the Facebook page of Tappi, his restaurant in Twisp.
“I hope you’re feeling as good today as I am,” Bonica said at the start of the 2-minute video posted on Saturday (March 28).
A few days after Tappi was closed for spring break on March 15, Bonica started developing flu symptoms — a fever and body aches. He was breathing well and his lungs were clear, but his doctor decided to test him for the coronavirus to be prudent.
Bonica’s symptoms began to fade over the next few days and he was already out hiking with his dog when the test results came in. “Yesterday, after 10 days, the test results came back positive. I’ve had the coronavirus,” Bonica said.
No one in his family got sick and the staff at Tappi have no symptoms, he said.
Bonica said he wanted to communicate two things to the community. He reassured everyone that the restaurant would be thoroughly disinfected before it reopens, after the state lifts restrictions.
But he also had a public-health message. Bonica noted the wide range of symptoms of COVID-19, from fever and coughing to body aches, to a loss of the sense of taste. Symptoms can be mild to severe, he said.
“Even though you think you’re clear, you may be carrying the virus. Nobody wants to get sick, and none of us want to make our loved ones sick. Stay home, follow CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] instructions, stay healthy. Keep our community healthy,” Bonica said.
Dozens of friends and customers wished him well in Facebook posts and thanked him for his openness and honesty.