Rockland County Struggling To Contain COVID-19 Cluster After House Party

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July 01, 2020 - 2:44 pm

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    CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Rockland County is working to contain a COVID-19 cluster linked to a big house party in Clarkstown in mid-June.

    The host of the party in New City already had symptoms and eight partygoers have tested positive for the virus since the event. All are in their 20s. 

    County Executive Ed Day says they were not cooperating with contact tracers.

    "It's a simple effort to interrupt the virus, to intentionally keep information away from inspectors in an effort to stop an ability to stop the spread of a deadly virus is absolutely reckless at its very least," Day said.

    He's also gotten word some of them threatened to violate quarantine orders and hold other parties.

    “I don’t care who you are, who you know, how much money you make, where you live or anything along those lines – if you get in the way of a Health Department investigation, I will take – and we will take – every step necessary to ensure that we respond appropriately and we’re talking a serious response,” Day said. "We will find out where those parties are, you can rest assured. I have spoken to the Clarkson Town PD already. They will be there."

    The partygoers have been slapped with subpoenas and face fines of $2,000 per day for each day they didn't cooperate with contact tracers. Day says parents who have been covering for their young adult children could also be fined. 

    Day says if you get a call from the Health Department, answer it.

    "All we want is for people to comply, make life easier for everybody so we can take every necessary step to interrupt the spread of this virus," Day said.

    The cluster comes months after Rockland County was forced to create a containment zone after certain areas saw a dangerously high rate of coronavirus infections. 

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