A couple from Florida, Key West, who were positive for the presence of the coronavirus, were arrested for refusing a quarantine order.
Neighbors filmed Jose Antonio Freire Interian and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez made a request and then handed the control tape to Key West police.
“There have been complaints from the area that were still out there about normal life functions,” Key West City Manager Greg Veliz told the Miami Herald. “The officer took the video to the judge and the judge signed the order.”
Interian (24) and Gonzalez (27) appear to be among the first people to be arrested in Florida for violating quarantine.
“As far as I know, these are the first arrests of this kind in Monroe County,” said NBC News spokeswoman Brandie Peretz, a Florida Department of Health spokeswoman in Monroe County.
Their arrest came when the state reported a record 253 new coronavirus deaths on Thursday. According to the latest NBC News reports on cases and deaths from coronaviruses.
A grim new number came to health officials in Florida, who reported 216 deaths on Wednesday and 186 deaths on Tuesday. Both of these cases were new daily highs in a pandemic that has hit the state particularly hard in recent months.
So far, Florida has recorded a total of 456,105 cases and 6,586 deaths, according to state statistics.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, President Donald Trump’s steadfast ally, has been harshly criticized for tackling the coronavirus crisis and has angered more anger earlier this month by calling rising case numbers a “curse.”
The nationwide number of victims of the pandemic Trump claimed would “just get lost” rose to 152,717 overnight, NBC News figures show.
Interian and Gonzalez, who were quarantined after positive testing on July 21, were taken into custody on Wednesday night, Adam Linhardt, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, told NBC News. They were sent to a detention center on Stock Island, where they were placed in “negative pressure rooms” where air does not recirculate to other parts of the prison.
“The point is to separate them from the general population and keep them in a place where they can’t infect anyone else,” Linhardt said. “We had people in those rooms before we suspected we had them. If they show symptoms, people are quarantined. “
Each has been charged with a violation of a state law that requires isolation or quarantine in the event of a threat to public health and a breach of emergency management.
Convictions for these allegations can result in up to 60 days behind bars.
Interian released the bond and was released early Thursday, while Gonzalez remains behind bars, Linhardt said.
In other coronavirus-related developments:
- Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died at the age of 74 from complications from COVID-19. Cain had a positive test a week after participating in the Trump campaign on June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although it was not immediately clear where he contracted the deadly virus, Cain defended the incident and wrote op-ed: “The media worked very hard to scare people from participating in Trump’s campaign last Saturday in Tulsa.” Cain was also photographed, who did not have on rally mask. Several employees of Trump’s campaign and others tested positive for COVID-19 even after the meeting.
- Demands for work-free work rose for the second week in a row, while GDP fell by a record 33 percent as the prosperous economy inherited by Trump, inherited from its predecessor, continued to suffer from the pandemic. According to the Ministry of Labor, more than 1.43 million people applied for unemployment benefits for the first time last week. The number increased for the second week and on the 19th week in the US series experienced more than a million claims.
McDonald’s chief executive Chris Kempczinski said the fast food chain could improve police officers on any customer who defies his masking mandate – but only after trying to justify the refusal for the first time. “In case we have someone who is not willing to wear a mask, we have received training to remove the escalation,” Kempczinski said of “CBS This Morning.” “In the end, we won’t ask our crew people to get hurt.” If someone is not willing to wear a mask and follow our rules, it could be a place where we can bring law enforcement. “On Wednesday, Stuart Appelbaum, president of the retail, wholesale and department store union, called on shop owners to hire security guards and empower managers after several violent incidents that angered customers at workers trying to force them to wear masks. “It’s not the job of employees to enforce the rules of the mask trade.”
- The Philadelphia Phillies closed Citizens Bank Park “until further notice” after a member of the coaching staff and one of the home clubbers tested positive tests for COVID-19, the team said in a statement. Rather, the clubhouse’s visitor staff was also positive. The announcement came after a doubles match with the Miami Marlins. Seventeen players and two coaches have been positive since Friday.
- Tennessee government officials cite federal privacy policies and said they would not collect or disclose information about new cases of coronaviruses in schools. Instead, state health spokeswoman Shelley Walker said she would encourage districts to monitor COVID-19 cases when schools reopen in an effort to “best understand the burden of disease in their jurisdiction and take appropriate steps to mitigate the further spread of the disease.” “It would be irresponsible for the state to just look the other way and not follow the figures,” said Deborah Fisher of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. The state reported 100,822 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the state on Thursday. and 1020 deaths.