Local Florida officials have been jailed on charges of violating a mandatory quarantine order after testing positive for the coronavirus, local officials said Thursday.
Jose Antonio Frear Interian, 24, and Johanna Anahi Gonzalez, 27, were arrested Wednesday night at their Key West apartment and taken to the Stoke Island Detention Center, authorities said.
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County issued an order to isolate the couple on July 21, instructing them to stay at home for 14 days and wear masks around others, The Miami Herald reported.
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But neighbors complained that the carefree couple had broken the rules.
Freer has been spotted walking his dog, traveling to the grocery store and washing his car, according to a police report. Both were spotted leaving and returning home without face coverings.
The manager of the property in their residential complex reported them to the police in Key West and handed over footage for surveillance of the couple from a camera in a common room, the Herald reports.
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“An employee took the video to the judge and the judge signed the order,” Key West manager Greg Veliz told the newspaper.
The couple was accused of violating state law, which requires isolation or quarantine in public health emergencies and disrupting emergency management.
Both are second-degree offenses punishable by up to 60 days in prison.
Freyr and Gonzalez were released on Thursday morning after issuing $ 1,000 bonds each.
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During their stay behind bars, the couple was kept isolated from other inmates in “negative pressure” rooms where air is not recirculated to other areas of the prison, said Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhard.
“The whole idea is to separate them from the general population,” Linhard said. “We had people in these rooms before we suspected there were any. If they show symptoms, people are quarantined. “
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