Citations issued at off-campus gathering

Kim Schupp, Fox19
Published 8:06 a.m. ET Sept. 9, 2020 | Updated 8:07 a.m. ET Sept. 9, 2020

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Six people were issued citations after they hosted a gathering at an Oxford home where several people tested positive for COVID-19 and were in quarantine, according to a police report.

While on patrol around 4 p.m. Saturday, an Oxford police officer says he saw a group of people standing outside a house in the 100 block of E. Walnut Street near the Miami University campus.

The officer stopped and asked who lives at the home and one tenant said “I guess that’s me,” the police report states.

When questioned if he knew why the officer was there, the resident said there were too many people and state ordinance only allows for gatherings of 10, according to the report.

The resident told the officer that eight people live in the house and 10 just stopped by, the report states, but then he said he thought there were about 20 people in the house.

The officer then asked the resident to clear everyone out of the house who doesn’t live there.

The report continues on to say that the officer returned to his cruiser, ran the tenant’s information, and got an alert that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 31.

The tenant said he did test positive about a week ago and was supposed to be in quarantine, according to the report.

“I asked the resident how he is supposed to be in quarantine while having guests over. The resident responded that those people were just passing by,” the report says.

The resident then told the officer, “Everyone in the house has COVID-19 and two people across the street have COVID-19.”

Citations were issued to residents and those at the house for being in violation of the mass gatherings ordinance.

Five of the people cited are 21 years old and a sixth is 20.

Oxford police say the citations will be reported to Miami University officials.

After the citations were issued, one of the residents showed up at the police department and said he wanted to press trespassing charges against everyone at the house who did not live there, the report says. The resident said he tested positive for COVID-19 and his quarantine ended on Sept. 4 but he did not participate in any mass gathering.

The officer told the resident he couldn’t file trespass charges on behalf of the entire house and told him to file an appeal on the citation to dispute the allegation.

According to the report, another person said they were sick in bed, did not participate in the gathering and also wanted to press trespassing charges.

Enquirer media partner Fox19 provided this report

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