A group of American college students were caught on camera hosting a party and admitting to a police officer that they had tested positive to COVID-19.
Police from the town of Oxford, Ohio, were called to the scene because the partygoers were blatantly ignoring social distancing rules, with more people at the house than restrictions allowed, and no-one wearing masks.
While investigating, police discovered that one of the Miami University students was an active case of coronavirus.
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The state of Ohio currently allows for 10 people to be in a household. But the party’s hosts admitted there were 20 students on site.
“So you probably know why I want to talk to you?” the police officer asked as a student approached him on the front lawn, with other partygoers watching.
“There’s too many people,” the boy answered.
The police officer’s body camera captured the student assuring him he wasn’t doing anything wrong.
“Ten of them came by but they’re leaving, they’re going somewhere else,” he said, flashing a thumbs up to the police officer.
After reprimanding the students for failing to follow social distancing rules, the police officer ran one student’s licence into the system.
A note popped up saying that the student tested positive for COVID-19 just one week prior.
“There’s an input in the computer that you tested positive for COVID?” the cop queried.
“When was this?”
“About a week ago.”
“Aren’t you supposed to be quarantining?” the police officer continues.
“Yeah, that’s why I’m at my house.”
After a long pause, the officer asked “How many other people have COVID?”
“They all do,” the student replied. He added that some of the guests had also tested positive.
“That‘s what we’re trying to prevent,” the officer said. ”We want to keep this town open.”
The student had the nerve to reply: “Yeah, that’s why I’m staying home.”
Six students were fined $500 each.
“This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by in large, the students have been very well behaved,” Lt. Lara Fening with the Oxford Police Department told CBS news.
“Some residents came over from across the street that were reportedly COVID-positive as well,” said Fening. ”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.”