US student with positive Covid-19 test throws house party for 20 people while quarantining

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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.”

“Officer catches students partying while knowingly Covid-positive”



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.

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Interior design for home quarantining

The coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of life, and interior designers are taking note. In the webinar “Where Will 2021 Take Interior Design?” Rhonda Peterson of Rhonda Peterson and Associates in Atlanta said 2021 is heading into some different areas.

Peterson took part in the educational seminar, which was offered during the summer Las Vegas Market. The biannual trade show at the World Market Center bucked 2020 convention and held its Aug. 30-Sept 3 event in person, however, its series of educational seminars were held online.

“Because so many of my clients are quarantined in their homes, they have become more thoughtful about their space and what will work for them,” she said. “They want a more comfortable environment to support their new lifestyle brought on by the coronavirus. Before all this happened, I would suggest a number of different design ideas, but now I’m following their design ideas.”

Peterson said another factor heading into 2021 is e-commerce.

“In the past five years, e-commerce has taken off and there is so much more design information available to the public,” she said. “Now add in that people are watching HGTV and assorted home improvement shows daily, and I’m discovering that they’re doing many things themselves. They see something on one of these shows and that’s what they want.

“The problem is they watch these shows and think a room can be redesigned in one hour when in fact it takes much longer. There is a misconception of how long proper design work can take.”

Peterson admits there are many good ideas on television, but it is becoming more challenging to suggest a specific design process because homeowners have become aware of websites that can deliver home furnishings in a week.

“If I was redesigning a room,” she said, “I might suggest a certain sofa or chair, but it would take a month or more to arrive. I have learned to become more patient with my customers.”

Eneia White of Eneia White Interiors in New York City said design has become more demanding because the home has become so much more important.

“People want what they see online or on television and want it replicated in their own home,” she said. “It may not always be best for them, and I need to tell them that. They are not able to shop on their own because of the quarantine, but they remain confident I can find what they’re looking for.

“This is making me work differently and do more research. Before the coronavirus, I used to attend all the furniture shows and physically touch and examine all the home products. Not today. I’m now asking companies to send me samples that I can study. At the same time, my clients are willing to wait for just the right piece, and they’re willing to pay for it. Their home is their sanctuary more than ever, and they want it just right.”

Trends for 2021 are heading to more layering of textures, fabrics

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