‘Anyone can get this thing’: 32-year-old Spokane soccer coach recovering from COVID-19

SPOKANE, Wash. — If the last few weeks have shown Morgan Hartanov anything, it is that if he can get COVID-19, anyone can.

“I’m a little surprised that I even got it in the first place,” he says. “I have no idea how I picked it up.”

The 32-year-old soccer coach tells 4 News Now the last time he was around people was back on March 13th, when he was coaching players at Mt. Spokane High School, then at his youth organization, 90+ Project. He says he started showing symptoms about two weeks later.

“Basically, you know, you’ve got the chills, your body aches and so forth,” Hartanov says. “Once I got a fever, I was a little bit like, ‘okay, this might not be good,’ because obviously, any time you get sick now, you think you have this thing.”

Hartanov and his wife, who is 20 weeks pregnant, went to the Spokane County Fairgrounds testing site to find out for sure. His wife tested negative. He tested positive.

“No one in my general circle has gotten it. So, unless a high school kid got it and had no idea, but I felt as though one of the high school guys would’ve started feeling it [by now],” Hartanov says, adding he thinks he may have contracted the virus while he was grocery shopping or out on a walk. “I honestly did not think I had it… because I [took] the isolation so seriously and lo and behold, I ended up having it.”

Hartanov tells 4 News Now he has lost ten pounds since being sick for 11 days, with a fever that lasted for two days, severe headaches and mild respiratory issues.

“It kind of freaked me out, honestly, just because I felt like, ‘this thing is just gonna take a turn for the worst — I’m gonna have to go to the hospital,'” he says.

Hartanov is has been symptom-free for five days and is thankful to be recovering. When he looks back on the last month, he is proud of how seriously he took isolation, even before he tested positive for COVID-19.

“I think we need to probably take it more seriously in Spokane,” he says. “You have no idea you have this thing half the time. And then I could’ve put a ton of people at risk if I had been around.”

So far, COVID-19 has killed 13 people in Spokane, while nearly 230 people have tested positive, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. As of this writing, statewide, at least 330 have died and 8,384 have been diagnosed with COVID-19. According to the Washington Department of Health, those between the ages of 20 and 39 make up 27% of the state’s positive cases and 1% of deaths.

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“I’m a pretty healthy person, I’m pretty active, I’m out doing a lot of stuff in the community as much as I can,” Hartanov says. “I think the reality is, anyone can get this thing.”