A student who knew he had tested positive for coronavirus decided to throw a house party while he was supposed to be quarantining.
Police body camera footage broadcast on local TV channel WOIO 19, shows the moment officers confronted the hosts of the house party in Oxford, Ohio, at 4pm on Saturday.
Lieutenant Lara Fening, from the Oxford Police Department, said: “This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by and large, the students have been very well behaved.”
Footage shows a young man confess to the officers that he tested positive for Covid-19.
“Are you supposed to be quarantining?” the officer asks. The Miami University student responds: “Yeah. That’s why I’m at my house.”
The officer then says: “So you have other people here, and you’re positive for Covid? You see the problem? How many other people have Covid?”
The officer asks the student “how many other people have Covid?” to which the student responds “they all do” before later backtracking.
He said eight people lived at the house and others had just stopped by. Around 20 people reportedly attended the party.
Police said six people were given citations, five of whom live in the house. The civil penalty caries a $500 (£389) fine.
According to Cincinnati’s Local 12 more than 1,000 students from the University of Miami have tested positive for coronavirus.
Lt Fening added: “Some residents came over from across the street that were reportedly Covid-positive as well.”
She suggested that anyone who attended the party should get tested.
“We do not know if anybody else at that party was aware of the Covid-positive residents because some of them left while the officer was there,” she added.