Mancelona child fighting COVID-19 complications

Linda Gallagher

MANCELONA — Normally, Charlie Day is a typical 4-year-old who loves dinosaurs, sports, and animals, with a sweet smile and happy personality that has earned him the nickname of "Charming Charlie." 

But in recent days his parents, Kandace and Samuel Day, of Mancelona, haven't seen much of that happy personality, as their son has been desperately ill from the complications of COVID-19.

"It all started on Halloween, when Samuel's parents came over with candy for everyone," said Kandace Day. "Two days later they quarantined themselves when they both lost their sense of taste and smell, and then tested positive for the coronavirus."

A week later, both Kandace and Samuel, both graduates of Mancelona High School, began experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19, as did all three of the couple's children, which besides Charlie includes 2-year-old Eligh and 1-year-old Samuel Jr. Both Kandace and Samuel, manager of the Gaylord Habitat for Humanity store and a disabled veteran, tested positive. 

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