A father and his teenage son with COVID-19 were forced into quarantine by authorities in Honolulu this week, authorities said.
The young man, allegedly “in violation of the COVID quarantine restriction,” was spotted by an Honolulu Police Department official in the running Tuesday morning at a shopping center, police said f a statement on Tuesday.
“The teen’s father came to him [a] A mall soon after, and both men were detained, “the department said.
Police said the duo was taken to a facility for a period of forced quarantine.
Hawaii State Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson told NBC affiliate Hawaii News Now that it was the first time in 20 years that he had to use a special order to force people to stay in a facility. ̵6;isolation.
The station said the forced quarantine was expected to last 10 days.
Anderson called the teenager an “imminent threat to public health,” Anderson said he had “refused to comply with the isolation order and was out with his peers and exposing many people.”
A video appears to show police with the hazmat style held by the young man, with handcuffs and wearing a mask in the medical style.
Nethcali J. Naisonet, the father, told Hawaii News Now that he was just trying to “get my son off the streets” and prevent exposure when he was detained. The station reported that the two were from Florida but now live in Hawaii.
On Wednesday, the state reported a one-day record for new COVID-19: 109 cases.
“We are seeing an increase in small and large social gatherings, including meetings at our beaches and parks, in homes and workplaces,” Anderson said in a statement. “We have also recently seen an increase in cases associated with bars, other gym establishments where distance and physical masking are not practiced regularly.”