College Student With Coronavirus Throws 20-Person Party a Week After Diagnosis

September 12, 2020

    As states attempt to keep COVID-19 cases down, police were called to the scene of a house party involving 20 Miami University of Ohio students over Labor Day weekend. The current capacity allows for gatherings of no more than 10 people, per CBS News.

    According to WCPO, six students -- five who live in the house and one visitor -- received citations of $500 for violating COVID-19 health orders.

    One of the students cited reportedly admitted to police that he knew he was breaking the state's rule against gatherings of more than ten people.

    When police ran his ID, they realized that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 just a week earlier.

    The outlet reports the following exchange occurred:

    Officer: I’ve never seen this before. There’s an input on the computer that you tested positive for COVID.
    Student: Yes.
    Officer: When was this?
    Student: This was a week ago.
    Officer: Are you supposed to be quarantining?
    Student: Yeah. That’s why I’m at my house.
    Officer: So you have other people here, and you’re positive for COVID?
    Student: I mean…
    Officer: You see the problem? How many other people have COVID?
    Student: They all do.
    Officer: Everybody has it?
    Student: Well, and them — [gestures to house across the street]
    Officer: And everybody over here has it?
    Student: Well, I think two.
    Officer: That’s what we’re trying to prevent, man.
    Student: I know.
    Officer: We’re trying to keep this town open.
    Student: I know. That’s why I’m staying home.

    "Some residents came over from across the street that were reportedly COVID-positive as well," Lt. Lara Fening with the Oxford Police Department told CBS News affiliate WKRC. "We do not know if anybody else at that party was aware of the COVID-positive residents because some of them left while the officer was there."

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