KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
August 11, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
When a local teenager tested positive for COVID-19, her Katy boyfriend never missed a day of supporting her. The young couple made a video to document their pandemic romance and it quickly went viral, proving that good things can still come out of this difficult time.
Collin Ouellette and Camila Baldasso before COVID.
Tested Positive For COVID-19
On July 22, 17-year-old Camila Baldasso, her parents, and her Katy boyfriend, Collin Ouellette, a 19-year-old Seven Lakes High School graduate, were all tested for COVID-19. Collin and the Baldasso family knew they had been exposed to the virus and wanted to get tested. Camila was in her car when she learned that she was positive for COVID-19. Everyone else was negative.
“I was on speaker phone with Collin when I got word, so he heard everything,” says Camila. “He came over and parked by me and told me through masks that he’d be here for me.”
Never Missed A Day
And he was. Collin visited Camila every day while she quarantined. He usually brought her food from Katy restaurants, but mostly he enjoyed making her homemade pasta dishes.
The pair chronicled Camila’s time in quarantine by recording videos of Collin’s visits.
“I’m very much a people pleaser,” says Collin. “I want to share our experience.”
Watch The Video
Collin can’t sing, so he and Camila would play games to pass the time, all from the safe distance of her window. While in quarantine, Camila spoke to her parents on the phone but enjoyed the daily visits and frequent chats with Collin.
“If it wasn’t for Collin I would have felt really cut off,” says Camila.
Camila quarantined for ten days and remained asymptomatic. She took two tests after her quarantine - both the nasal swab and the antibody test, and both returned negative. Collin went to see Camila after she told him the good news.
“Collin gave me the biggest hug ever,” says Camila. “I know that I was very lucky. I’m glad I got tested so that I could be safe and protect others.”
Collin is a pre-business major at the University of Houston and will be attending school virtually this year from his Katy home.
“With both schools being online it will be easier for us to see each other,” says Camila. “St. Agnus private school will start virtual. I’ll have to see what the rest of the year will bring for me.”
Collin and Camila’s video on TikTok has hit over 1.6 million views and over 400,000 likes.
“I’ve never had something like this go viral and I’m so happy we could share some happiness during this time,” says Collin.