A couple in Key West, Florida, who tested positive for coronavirus were arrested for violating a quarantine order, local officials said Thursday.
Neighbors filmed Jose Antonio Freira Interian and Johan Anahi Gonzalez when they demanded, and then passed the tape with the conversation to the police of the West, authorities said.
“Neighbors have complained that they continue to be on the streets and about normal life functions,” said Greg Veliz, head of the City Herald. “The officer took the video to the judge, and the judge signed the warrant.”;
Interianca, 24, and Gonzalez, 27, were among the first to be jailed in Florida for quarantine violations.
“As far as I know, these are the first arrests of this kind in Monroe County,” said Brandi Pepper, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County.
According to the latest NBC News reports on the number of cases and cases of coronavirus, a record 253 deaths from coronavirus were reported in the state on Thursday.
The grim new number appeared on the heels of Florida health officers, reporting 216 deaths on Wednesday and 186 deaths on Tuesday, both of which were new daily highs in a pandemic that has hit the situation particularly hard in recent months.
So far, a total of 456,105 cases and 6,586 deaths have been reported in Florida, according to government statistics.
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, has been harshly criticized for his handling of the coronavirus crisis and has sparked more anger earlier this month, citing a growing number of cases as a “failure.”
Across the country, the death toll from the pandemic, which Trump said would “simply disappear,” rose overnight to 152,717, according to NBC News.
Interiano and Gonzalez, who were ordered to quarantine on July 21 after being tested positive, were taken into custody Wednesday night. This was reported by NBC News Adam Linhardt, the press service of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. They were sent to the Stock Island pre-trial detention center, where they were placed in “negative pressure rooms” where air was not recycled to other parts of the prison.
“The idea is to defend them from the general community and keep them where they can’t infect anyone else,” Linhardt said. “We had people in these rooms before we suspected they were. If they show symptoms, that’s where people are quarantined.”
Each was threatened with charges of misconduct in violation of state law requiring isolation or quarantine in health and emergency situations.
Convictions on these charges can be up to 60 days in jail.
Linhardt said that Interian had placed the bond and was released in early Thursday, while Gonzalez remained behind bars.
In other coronavirus 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 he took part in Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although it was not immediately clear where he contracted the deadly virus, Cain defended the incident, writing in a description: “The media worked very hard to deter people from attending the Trump campaign last Saturday in Tulsa.” Cain was also photographed without wearing a mask at the rally. Several campaign workers Trump and others also tested positive for COVID-19 after the rally.
- Unemployment claims rose for the second week in a row, while GDP fell by a record 33 percent as the prosperous economy that Trump inherited from his predecessor continued to be a pandemic. More than 1.43 million people applied for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, according to the Ministry of Labor. This is the second week that the number of people has grown, and for the 19th week in a row, the United States has suffered more than a million claims.
Chris Kempczynski, CEO of McDonald’s, said that the fast food chain would give the police any customer who did not meet the mandate to wear masks – but only after they first try to think with the denier. “If we have someone who doesn’t want to wear a mask, we’ve done a de-escalation training,” Kempczynski told CBS this morning. “After all, we’re not going to ask people who work in a crew to hurt themselves. If someone doesn’t want to wear a mask and follow our rules, we can bring in law enforcement.” store owners hire security guards and expand the powers of managers after a series of violent incidents that frustrated angry customers against employees who tried to force them to wear masks. “It’s not the job of employees to follow the store’s rules regarding face masks.”
- Philadelphia’s Phillies closed Civic Bank Park until further notice “after a member of the coaching staff and one of the home club staff tested positive for COVID-19,” the team said in a statement. Earlier, a member of the club’s visiting staff also checked for positive results. The message came after a three-year series with the Miami Marlins. As of Friday, seventeen players and two coaches have tested positive.
- Citing federal privacy rules, Tennessee government officials have announced they will not collect or distribute information about new coronavirus cases in schools, Tennessee reports. Instead, Health Department spokeswoman Shelley Walker said they would encourage individual districts to monitor COVID-19 cases when schools reopen, trying to “better understand the burden of disease in their jurisdiction and take appropriate measures to mitigate it.” further spread of the disease. “Critics called it a foul. “It seems irresponsible for the state to just look the other way and not keep track of that data,” said Deborah Fisher of the Tennessee Coalition for an open government. As of Thursday, there were 100,822 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 1,020 deaths in the state.