Man with COVID-19 arrested multiple times for violating mandatory quarantine is released due to New York reform laws
- The man was charged with criminal contempt for not isolating himself in Oneida, New York after contracting COVID-19
- Police say the man had received multiple warnings to isolate himself after testing positive
- He did not follow the mandatory quarantine order, authorities said
- Due to state reform laws of the state, police said they should release him back into the community because the charges were not criminal
A New York man arrested for repeatedly breaking mandatory self-quarantine regulations after testing positive for coronavirus is not being held because of state reform laws of the state.
The man, not named for HIPAA laws, was charged with criminal contempt for not isolating himself in Oneida, New York, after contracting COVID-19.
Police say the man had received multiple warnings to isolate himself after testing positive.
The man, not named because of HIPAA laws, was charged with criminal contempt for not isolating himself in Oneida, New York after entering into COVID-19
He did not follow the mandatory quarantine order, authorities said.
Due to state reform laws of the state, the police had to give the man an outer ticket as the charges do not allow bail to be established.
Police said the man had been arrested several times over the past six weeks for various crimes, including vehicle theft, criminal mischief, weapon threat, and criminal contempt pending two warrants.
He was released back into the community as a result of bail reform following each arrest because, like the quarantine charges, the charges were not criminal.
In a statement, Oneida City police denounced the man as “selfish” for posing a risk to the community as he tested positive.
“We wanted the community to be aware of this and understand that while we are committed to keeping our community safe and will continue to enforce all laws,” the statement said.
“Our hands are bound by the” reforms “of bail, allowing irresponsible and selfish people like these to continue to pose risks and dangers to our communities.
Please continue to take personal precautions and follow the CDC and health department guidelines, such as wearing face masks and washing your hands, because you never know who you are around and what risks they pose to you and form your loved ones. ”
New York State is one of the hardest hit during the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
As of Tuesday, there were 398,900 coronavirus infections across the state and 24,900 deaths.
There are more than 3 million cases and 131,000 deaths across the country.