A Florida man who tested positive for COVID-19 and was busted along with his wife in Key West for allegedly violating a quarantine order insisted Friday that he was just walking with his dog and was not trying to endanger anyone.
“I didn’t do anything,” 24-year-old Freire Interian told The Associated Press. “I was walking my dog. It’s not like I’m leaving home to go shopping.”
Interian said the coronavirus continued to cut deadly hunger across Florida with the state breaking its daily death toll for the fourth day in a decline with 257 new fatalities, according to the latest NBC News report.
The new figure understood to be on the heels of Florida recorded 253 deaths on Thursday, 216 Wednesday, and 186 more on Tuesday, all new daily highs in a pandemic have turned the state into a hot spot COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Florida was being threatened by Hurricane Isaiah and Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency from Miami-Dade County to the state’s Atlantic coastal coast – a stretch that includes the counties with the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. .
On Friday, Florida reported 4,70,386 cases and 6,843 fatalities.
NBC News data show more than 4.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 153,480 deaths.
Interian was arrested on Wednesday along with his 27-year-old wife, Yohana Anahi Gonzalez, after neighbors recorded video tapes that allegedly led to the quarantine requirement, local officials said.
Each was plagued by criminal charges of violating state law requiring isolation or quarantine in a public health emergency and with violations of emergency management, a conviction for which he could be sent to prison until at 60 days.
Interian said his arrest was “unfair”, Interian said he was stunned when West Key police arrived at the house he shares with other people.
“They knocked on the door really loud,” he said. “I opened the door. They said, ‘Come on,’ and I asked, ‘Why?’ I was in shock.”
Florida health officials, however, say Interian and Gonzalez learned they were infected on July 15 and were supposed to self-isolate for 14 days. But on July 20, they ventured into a store and got caught doing it on video.
Interian and Gonzalez appear to be among the first arrested in Florida for breaking quarantine. But they are not the first to apply local quarantine rules.
In Hawaii last month, 21 travelers were arrested for breaking the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine, none of which ended positively. And in May, a 37-year-old Kentucky woman infected with COVID-19 was charged with “danger of vulgarity” and “criminal mischief” after she was caught buying groceries while she should have been isolated. It was the third time he had defied a quarantine order.
In other coronavirus-related developments:
- Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a congressional committee that researchers “were prudently optimistic” that they will have perfected the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in later this year. He also spared advocates for President Donald Trump, such as Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who tried to get Fauci to link the bursting number of new coronavirus cases to ongoing protests against police brutality that erupted after George Floyd he died while in Minneapolis police. custody. So far, there seems to be no evidence that the protests are behind the spikes of the virus. Most medical experts say states like Florida, Texas and Arizona reopened before the coronavirus could be contained and are now paying the price. Trump, who has been criticized for dropping the danger of the pandemic, has retweeted his approval of the hopeful news of Fauci and Jordan’s questioning pit bull from the doctor.
- After the hearing, the house’s majority engineer Jim Clyburn, South Carolina, told MSNBC that the Trump Administration does not yet have a national strategy to fight the coronavirus. “And for this president to say that we will leave it up to 50 different approaches, let each state defend itself, let the states have competition with each other, is not the way to keep our country united,” he said.
- California, which has been hit by the pandemic, reported its first teen fatality. Fresno Children’s Hospital said the victim had underlying health conditions but did not publish any other details. “The death of this patient reaffirms that children – and no age group – are immune from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the hospital said in a statement. “It is imperative, now more than ever, that we all work together to prevent further spread of this disease. Our children deserve no less.” The death toll in the state rose from 9,000 on Friday and officials have said most of the victims are 65 and older.
- The dangers of people talking about wearing masks were captured Wednesday in a surveillance video at the Staples store in Hackensack, New York. A 54-year-old woman named Margot Kagan, who is still recovering from a liver transplant, suffered a broken leg after she was hit on the ground by another woman who objected to being called for not wearing properly. the mask on the nose. Kagan said he was standing next to a fax machine and threw himself after he lifted the cane to try to put some distance between her and the woman. Police are investigating the situation.
- Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has imposed a mask warrant that began Saturday. To that end, the state has distributed 200,000 masks across the state. Some of the largest cities in the state, such as Burlington, South Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpelier, already needed masks in public. So far, Vermont has only recorded 1,407 cases and 57 deaths since the start of the pandemic. “It’s time to get ready,” Scott said earlier this week. “Outbreaks across the nation could spread to us.”