A Florida man who tested positive for COVID-19 and busted with his wife in Key West for allegedly violating a quarantine order insisted Friday that he was just walking with their dog and not trying anyone is dangerous.
“I did nothing,” 24-year-old Freire Interian told The Associated Press. “I’m just walking with my dog. It’s not like I left home to shop.”
Interian spoke as coronavirus continues to cut off a deadly swath through Florida along with the state breaking the daily death record for the fourth day in a down with 257 new deaths , according to the latest NBC News tally.
The annoying new figure was reported on the heels of Florida diving to 253 deaths on Thursday, 216 on Wednesday, and 186 more on Tuesday – all of these new daily highs in a pandemic that became the state of a COVID-19 hot spot.
Florida, meanwhile, was hit by Hurricane Isaias and Mr. Ron DeSantis declared a state emergency from Miami-Dade County to the Atlantic coast of the state – a stretch that includes counties with the largest number of cases. COVID-19 and death. .
As of Friday, Florida reported 470,386 cases and 6,843 deaths.
Nationwide, more than 4.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported along with 153,480 deaths, NBC News figures.
Interian was arrested along with his 27-year-old wife Yohana Anahi Gonzalez on Wednesday after neighbors videotaped them claiming flouting was required in quarantine, local officials said.
Each of them has been hit with a false accusation of violating state law requiring separation or quarantine in a public health emergency and of violating emergency regulations, an offense in which they can both return to jail until 60 days.
Calling his arrest “unfair,” Interian said he was shocked when Key West Police arrived at the house that he was engaged to several other people.
“They knocked on the door really hard,” he said. “I opened the door. They said to me, ‘Come,’ and I asked them, ‘Why?’ I’m surprised. “
Florida health officials, however, said Interian and Gonzalez learned that they were infected on July 15 and had to be isolated within 14 days. But on July 20, they ventured into a store and were caught doing it on video.
Interian and Gonzalez appear to be among the first people arrested in Florida for breaking the quarantine. But they were not the first to run local quarantine regulations.
In Hawaii last month, 21 travelers were arrested for violating the mandatory state of 14-day quarantine, none of whom were injured positively on trial. And in May, a 37-year-old Kentucky woman infected with COVID-19 was charged with “wanton endangerment” and “criminal mischief” after she was caught shopping in markets while supposed to be in isolation. This is the third time he has disobeyed a quarterback order.
Other coronavirus-related developments:
- Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a committee in Congress that he was “cautiously optimistic” the researchers would honor a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this year . He also sparred with President Donald Trump’s defenders, such as Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who tried to get Fauci to link the exploding number of new coronavirus cases to the ongoing protest against police brutality that erupted after George Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody. So far no evidence has been released that the protests were behind the virus spikes. Most medical experts say that states like Florida, Texas and Arizona were reopened before the coronavirus was introduced and are now paying off. Trump, who has been criticized for downplaying the pandemic risk, tweeted his approval of Fauci’s hopes and the doctor’s pitbull questioning.
- Following the hearing, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, told MSNBC the Trump Administration still has no national strategy to fight the coronavirus. “And for the president to say let’s leave it up to 50 different strategies, let each state compete with themselves, let the states have competition with each other, that’s not the way to maintain unity of our country, “he said.
- California, which has been hit hard by the pandemic, reported the teenager’s first death. Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno said the victim had underlying health conditions but did not release other details. “The death of this patient once again proves that children – and no age group – are immune from the devastating effects of COVID-19,” the hospital said in a statement. “It is necessary, now more than ever, for us all to work together to prevent the further spread of this disease. Our children deserve less.” The death toll from the state passed 9,000 on Friday and officials said most of the victims were 65 and over.
- Dangers of people talking about wearing masks were caught watching video Wednesday at a Staples store in Hackensack, NJ A 54-year-old woman named Margot Kagan, still returning from a transplant in the liver, suffered a broken leg after he knocked on the ground another woman who objected called not wearing his mask properly on his nose. Kagan said he was standing next to a fax machine and was thrown away after he raised his pipe in an attempt to put a distance between him and the woman. Police are investigating the situation.
- Vermont Gov. Phil Scott imposed a mask mandate taking place on Saturday. At that point, the state distributed 200,000 masks across the state. Some of the larger cities like Burlington, South Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpelier are already in need of masks in public. So far Vermont has only recorded 1,407 cases and 57 deaths since the pandemic began. “It’s time to get ready,” Scott said earlier. “Nationwide outbreaks can spread back to us.”