A Florida couple in Key West who tested positive for coronavirus have been arrested for defying a quarantine order, local officials said Thursday.
Neighbors videotaped Jose Antonio Freire Interian and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez blasted the requirement and then passed the telltale tape to Key West police, authorities said.
“There have been complaints from their neighborhood that they continue to be outside, going about the normal functions of life,” West City Chief Manager Greg Veliz told The Miami Herald. “An officer took the video to the judge and the judge signed the warrant.”;
Interian, 24, and Gonzalez, 27, appear to be among the first to be sent to prison in Florida for violating a quarantine.
“As far as I know, these are the first arrests of their kind in Monroe County,” Brandie Peretz, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, told NBC News.
Word of their arrest came as the state on Thursday reported a record 253 new coronavirus deaths, according to the latest NBC News magazine on coronavirus cases and fatalities.
The heinous new number came on the heels of Florida health officials who reported 216 deaths on Wednesday and 186 deaths on Tuesday, both of which are new highs daily in the pandemic that was hitting the -state especially in recent months.
So far, Florida has logged a total of 456,105 cases and 6,586 deaths, according to state statistics.
Florida Government Ron DeSantis, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, has been harshly criticized for his handling of the coronavirus crisis and stored more anger earlier this month by referring to case numbers. which are rising as a “blip.”
Nationally, the number of deaths from a pandemic that Trump claimed to “just disappear” rose overnight to 152,717, NBC News figures show.
Interian and Gonzalez, who were ordered to quarantine after testing positive on July 21, were taken into custody Wednesday evening, Adam Linhardt, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, said to NBC News. They were sent to the Stock Island Detention Center where they were placed in “negative pressure rooms” where air is not recirculated in other parts of the prison.
“The idea is to keep them apart 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. If they show symptoms, that’s where people are quarantined.”
Each has been charged with a crime of violating state law requiring isolation or quarantine in a public health emergency and violating emergency management.
Conviction on those charges could result in up to 60 days behind bars.
Interian posted a 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 tested positive a week after attending the June 20 campaign rally in Tuma, Tulsa, Oklahoma. While it was not immediately clear where he contracted the deadly virus, Cain had defended the event, writing in an opportunity, “The media has worked hard to scare people from attending the Trump campaign rally. last Saturday evening in Tulsa. ” Cain was also photographed not wearing a mask at the rally. Many Trump campaign workers and others also tested positive for COVID-19 after the rally.
- Unemployment rose for the second week in a row as GDP fell 33 percent as the strong economy Trump inherited from his predecessor continued to be battered by the pandemic. More than 1.43 million people filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, according to the Department of Labor. It was the second straight week that the number had risen and the 19th consecutive week that the United States had seen more than a million claims.
McDonald’s Chief Executive Chris Kempczinski said the fast food safety chain to cops on any customer defending the mandate to wear their mask – but only after they first try to reason mar-refusenik. “In case we got someone who doesn’t want to wear a mask, we did training around escalation removal,” Kempczinski said on “CBS This Morning.” “Ultimately we will not be asking our crew members to put themselves on the path of harm. If someone does not want to wear a mask and comply with our rules, that may be where we can. law enforcement was introduced. “On Wednesday, the president of the union of Retail, Retail and Department, Stuart Appelbaum, appealed to store owners to employ security guards and empower managers after a number of sometimes violent incidents that pitted angry customers against workers trying to deliver masks. “It’s not the job of employees to enforce store rules on face masks.”
- The Philadelphia Phillies shut down the Park Citizen “until further notice” after a coaching staff member and one of the home clubhouse workers tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced in a statement. Earlier, a visiting clubhouse staff member also showed a positive. The news came after a three-game series with the Miami Marlins. Seventeen players and two coaches have tested positive since Friday.
- Citing federal privacy rules, Tennessee state officials have announced they will not collect or release to the public information about new cases of coronavirus in schools, The Tennessean reported. Instead, state health department spokeswoman Shelley Walker said she would encourage individual districts to track COVID-19 cases as schools reopen in an effort to “better understand the burden of disease in their jurisdiction and take appropriate steps to further mitigate the spread of disease. ”Critics call it a foul. “It seems irresponsible for the state to just look the other way and not track that data,” said Deborah Fisher from the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. As of Thursday, there were 100,822 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 1,020 reported deaths in the state.