Long Beach State men’s basketball coach Dan Monson on Thursday afternoon confirmed his 18-year-old daughter Mollie has been infected with the coronavirus.
Monson said he can’t be certain, but that it’s possible she caught the virus while attending a Fourth of July gathering at a friend’s house. Along with her diagnosis, which was confirmed Wednesday, she contracted pneumonia and ran a fever as high as 104.7 degrees.
“Fortunately, today she’s doing OK,” a relieved Monson said via telephone. “But she had a tough go for a while.”
Monson said his daughter’s fever was stubborn and was still present Wednesday.
“But I’m happy to report this morning when she woke up she was 98.7 and she’s been under 100 all day today,” Monson said, “so we’re feeling like she’s hopefully turned the corner.”
Monson said his daughter woke he and his wife, Darci, about 4 a.m. Sunday saying she wasn’t feeling well. They took her to urgent care, where a COVID-19 test was taken and the pneumonia was detected.
“So we got the Z-pack (Zithromax) and some things, took her home and we couldn’t control the fever on Monday,” Monson said. “My wife was giving her the Advil and the Tylenol up to the maximum you could, and it was spiking at one point at 104.7. So as parents, we got panicked and took her to emergency and got her in there about midnight and we didn’t get back until about 6:30 the next morning.
“They did another test and said the pneumonia is getting worse. They gave her another dose of different antibiotics to try to combat that pneumonia.”
Monson indicated this episode has given him added perspective.
“You think it’s just going to take the old or the weak or the people you don’t know,” he said of the coronavirus.. “I mean, this has hit pretty hard because she’s probably the most fit of our family. She graduated from high school and she signed a scholarship at Gonzaga to row crew.”
Monson said he indeed feels fortunate that his daughter was in such good shape before catching COVID-19.
“Like I told my parents, I don’t think people our age could have withstood what she went through,” he said. “It was hard to see her like that and I told my team that I’ve got a different respect for this for people their age. It’s not just … I mean, she’s 18, just like my players.”
Monson, who said no one else in his family has symptoms, said he and his family have been wearing masks and diligent with their hand-washing throughout the pandemic.
“But again, and I told my team this, that she being a senior in high school, it’s hard to tell her no, you know, to go say goodbye to a friend that’s going to college or whatever,” Monson said. “And she did go with some friends for the Fourth of July for some fireworks and we’re thinking either she got it then, or after that.
“And my wife made her go get tested on July 6 and she could have gotten it at that urgent care when she went.”
Monson said his wife has been on the phone the past couple of days to parents letting them know their kid could have also been infected at that gathering.
Correspondent Bob Keisser contributed to this report.