A university student who had tested positive for coronavirus offered a baffling justification to police when asked about a party at his house, despite being aware of his diagnosis.
Over the Labor Day weekend in Ohio, six students at Miami University were given citations by police when they arrived at their residence to find a gathering.
Officers attached to Oxford Police noticed a group of people outside a home near the university’s campus about 4pm (local time) on Saturday.
According to US news outlet Fox19, when police asked who lived at the home, one man said he did and when asked if he knew why officers were there, he said because there were too many people breaching rules.
The student told the officer eight people lived in the house and 10 people had come to visit, but Fox19 reported he then said he believed 20 people were inside the house.
A police report shows six people live at the house, according to the news outlet.
Gatherings are limited to 10 people after Oxford City Council passed an emergency ordinance in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The officer ran the resident’s information and made a startling discovery, the student had tested positive for COVID-19.
Police released the body cam footage of the exchange between the officer and the resident.
“Are you supposed to be quarantining?” the officer asks.
“That’s why I’m at my house,” the student responds.
The officer then questions why people are over at his house while he is meant to be quarantining, and the student says people were walking by when the residents were outside.
The officer then asks how many people have COVID-19, to which the student replied: “They all do.”
All of the six residents were issued citations and one of the residents told police he wanted to press trespassing charges against those who were at the house, but did not live there.
“The way I interpreted the video from the body cam footage was – he felt like he was at home and quarantining like he was supposed to be and that the majority of the people that were at the house had passed by and stopped by,” Oxford Police Department Lieutenant Lara Fening told WKRC.
On the Oxford Police Department’s website, it says the department will enforce the restrictions related to mass gatherings and coordinate with the Miami University Office of Community Standards for off-campus student conduct enforcement.
There have been over 1000 coronavirus cases linked to the university, WCPO reported.
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