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A week later she tested positive in Chapel Hill.
Lacey seemed to have every symptom including a sustained high fever.
"I had like mental fogginess, I lost all sense of taste and smell. That one really was not fun. And I was sleeping a lot," said Mathis.
Things only got worse. A month into quarantine she was diagnosed with a sinus infection. More recently a kidney infection took hold.
50 days after her first test, Lacey tested positive for COVID-19 again.
With no preexisting conditions or underlying health issues, it's hard to make sense of this marathon illness.
58 days later, there is some light at the end of the tunnel and a dose of understandable skepticism.
"Fever has definitely been knocked down a few pegs. Crossing my fingers, hoping I'm on the way to recovery but I'm not getting too excited quite yet," said Mathis.