They knew they had COVID-19, but some college students threw a large house party anyway

It stands to reason you probably wouldn’t throw a large house party if you tested positive for COVID-19. But that wasn’t the case for some students at Miami University of Ohio.

When Oxford police arrived to break up a large house party hosted by students over Labor Day weekend, officers discovered one student had tested positive for COVID-19 and been ordered to quarantine a week prior. Bodycam video from the Oxford Police Department shows several students sitting on the porch, unmasked, drinking and listening to music, according to report from WOIO.

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“How many people are in the house? Twenty people inside? You might want to start clearing out, please,” one officer ordered the students.

After running one student’s identification, an officer calls him over.

“I’ve never seen this before, there’s an input on the computer that said you tested positive for COVID?” The officer asked the student. The student then informed the officer that everyone at the party has coronavirus.

“How many other people have COVID?” the officer asked.

“They all do,” the student answered, gesturing to other roommates.

After the incident, police fined the six men in the house and a guest $500 each.

“This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by in large, the students have been very well behaved,” Oxford Police Department’s Lt. Lara Fening told WKRC.

According to Miami University of Ohio health officials, more than 1,243 students at the school have tested positive for coronavirus in cumulative cases since mid-August 17.

Miami University officials say they charge mass gathering citations under endangering public health and safety in the student code of conduct. This violation typically calls for suspension, according to WKRC.

“We take these matters most seriously, and students can face suspension or dismissal for these types of violations,” a spokesperson for the university told CBS News.

According to the Miami University health officials, all students returning to campus for in-person learning must be tested for coronavirus before moving into dorms.

“We want to stay safe; we want to be healthy. We want everyone around us to be healthy. We want this town to be thriving. We don’t want this town to be shut down again. We want the underclassmen to come back,” Fening said.

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