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An Oxford, Ohio, police officer who cited six young men for partying at a house near the campus of Miami University in violation of COVID-19 rules was shocked to learn all of them have tested positive for the virus.
Bodycam footage of the incident shows a group of young men gathered in and around the house as the officer approaches, and none of them appear to be wearing masks.
“So, you probably know why I wanna talk to you,” the officer says as one of the partiers walks over to him.
“Just, too many people,” the young man says.
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“Well, do you know what the ordinance is?” the officer asks.
“Ten people,” the young man responds, going on to tell the officer that eight people live in the house but there are about 20 people there.
The officer then instructs the young man to start asking people to leave in order to comply with the ordinance.
After collecting the young man’s ID, the officer runs him through the system and then calls him over.
“I’ve never seen this before, there’s an input on the computer that you tested positive for COVID?” the officer queried.
“Yes,” the student answered.
“When was this?” the officer asked.
“This was, oh, a week ago,” says the student.
“Aren’t you supposed to be quarantining?” asks the officer.
“Yeah, that’s why I’m at my house,” the student answers.
“You have other people here and you’re positive for COVID? You see the problem?” says the officer. “How many other people have COVID?”
“They all do,” the student responds.
“Everybody?” the officer asks, sounding incredulous. “That’s what we’re trying to prevent, man.”
“Yeah, I know,” the student says.
After explaining that having several other people over to a house where all of the occupants have tested positive for COVID is “not quarantining,” the officer asks again, “So, everyone here has it?”
“Yes,” the student answers.
“Oh, my gosh,” says the officer.
After returning to his vehicle, the officer approaches the house again and begins to explain to the students who live there the “situation’s more complicated than it seems.”
“Everybody here has COVID and you guys have people over. That’s breaking quarantine. So who all lives here?” he asks before collecting their IDs.
The university is scheduled to begin in-person classes Sept. 21, but the students cited for the quarantine infractions could face suspensions, according to WOIO.
The university said violators of rules limiting mass gatherings are being given citations for endangering public health and for student code of conduct infractions.
Five of the six people who were cited by the officer live in the home where the partiers gathered, the local news outlet reported, adding that thus far, about 1,000 Miami University students have tested positive for the disease.
That said, the students cited for the party did not appear to be exhibiting major symptoms, which is typical for young people who test positive.
Health experts and immunologists have said for months that younger, healthy people do not suffer major symptoms or die from COVID-19.
“Americans still misperceive the risks of death from COVID-19 for different age cohorts—to a shocking extent,” Sonal Desai, chief investment officer at Franklin Templeton Fixed Income, said in a study published in July.
Desai added that there’s a “gross misperception of COVID-19 risk” which is “driven by partisanship and misinformation.”
The study found, among other things, that “Americans overestimate the risk of death from COVID-19 for people aged 24 and younger by a factor of 50.”
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