A Florida man who tested positive for COVID-19 and was stabbed with his wife in Key West for allegedly violating quarantine, insisted on Friday that he was just walking their dog and not trying to intimidate anyone.
“I didn’t do anything,” Frey Interian, 24, told the Associated Press. “I was just walking my dog. It’s not like I left the house to shop.
Interian spoke as the coronavirus continued to cut off the deadly flow through Florida, breaking the state’s daily record for fourth-day deaths from 257 new deaths, according to the latest NBC News data.
The debilitating new figure is reported for Florida’s heels, with 253 deaths on Thursday, 216 on Wednesday and 186 more on Tuesday – all new daily highs in a pandemic, turning the country into a hotspot for COVID-19.
Florida, meanwhile, was threatened by Hurricane Isaas and Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency from Miami-Dade County to the state’s Atlantic Ocean, the area that includes the counties with the most cases and deaths of COVID-19. ,,
As of Friday, 470,386 cases and 6,843 deaths had been reported in Florida.
More than 4.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported nationwide, along with 153,480 deaths, according to NBC News.
Local officials were arrested along with their 27-year-old wife, Johanna Anahi Gonzalez, on Wednesday after neighbors filmed them allegedly fulfilling the quarantine requirement, local officials said.
Each was charged with violating state law requiring isolation or quarantine in public health emergencies and violating emergency managers, for which a sentence could send them both back to prison for up to 60 days.
Calling his arrest “unfair,” Interian said he was stunned when police from Key West arrived at the house he shared with several others.
“They knocked very hard on the door,” he said. “I opened the door. They told me, “Come on,” and I asked them, “Why?” I was shocked. “
But Florida health officials say Interian and Gonzalez learned they were infected on July 15 and had to isolate themselves for 14 days. But on July 20, they went to a store and were caught doing it on video.
Interian and Gonzalez appear to be among the first people arrested in Florida for violating quarantine. But they are not the first to comply with local quarantine regulations.
In Hawaii, 21 passengers were arrested last month for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine, none of which completed a positive test. And in May, a 37-year-old woman in Kentucky infected with COVID-19 was charged with “fearless insurance” and “criminal abuse” after she was caught shopping for groceries while in solitary confinement. For the third time, she opposed the quarantine order.
In other developments related to coronavirus:
- Dr Anthony Foci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the congressional committee that he was “cautiously optimistic” that researchers would be found a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 by the end of this year. He also argued with defenders of President Donald Trump, such as Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who tried to get Fauci to link the exploding number of new coronavirus cases to ongoing protests against police brutality that erupted after George Floyd’s death while he was still alive. at the Minneapolis Police Department arrest. So far, there seems to be no evidence that the protests are behind the spikes of the virus. Most medical experts say states such as Florida, Texas and Arizona reopened before the coronavirus could be curtailed and are now paying the price. Trump, who has been criticized for downplaying the threat of a pandemic, tweeted his approval of the encouraging news from Fowsey and Jordan about the doctor’s pit bull.
- Following the hearing, Jim Clayburn House Majority Ward, D-South Carolina, told MSNBC that the Trump administration did not yet have a national strategy to fight the coronavirus. “And for this president to be able to say that we will leave up to 50 different approaches, let each country take care of itself, let the states compete with each other, this is not the way to keep our country united,” he said.
- California, which was hit hard by the pandemic, announced its first fatal death. The Fresno Children’s Hospital said the victim was at the root of his health condition, but did not release any other details. “The death of this patient reaffirms that children – and there is no age group – are not immune to the devastating effects 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 the disease from spreading further. Our children deserve no less.” The state’s death toll was 9,000 on Friday, and officials said most of the victims were 65 and older.
- Dangers to people talking about wearing masks were caught on video surveillance Wednesday at a Staples store in Hackensack, New Jersey, a 54-year-old woman named Margo Kagan, who is still recovering from a liver transplant, received a broken leg. , after she was knocked to the ground by another woman, who objected to being summoned for not wearing her mask properly over her nose. Kagan said he was standing next to a fax machine and threw himself down after raising his cane in an attempt to put some distance between her and the woman. Police are investigating the situation.
- Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has imposed a mandate for the mask, which comes on Saturday. To this end, the state has distributed 200,000 masks around the state. Some of the state’s larger cities, such as Burlington, South Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpellier, already required masks in public. So far, Vermont has registered only 1,407 cases and 57 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. “It’s time to prepare,” Scott said earlier this week. “Outbreaks across the country could spread back to us.”