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Ohio college students were cited after hosting a house party despite testing positive for Covid-19

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Six people in Oxford, Ohio, were cited for violating a city ordinance on mass gatherings after they held a house party despite testing positive for Covid-19, according to police records.

(CNN)Six students at Miami University in Ohio were cited for violating a city ordinance on mass gatherings after they held a house party despite at least one of them testing positive for Covid-19, according to police records.

Body camera video from the Oxford Police Department shows an officer approaching a group of men gathered on the porch of a home near the university's campus on September 5, asking them who lives there.

One student replies that eight people lived in the house, and that at the time, about 20 people were inside.

The officer tells the student to disperse the crowd gathered at the house, and eventually asks to see his ID.

"I've never seen this before, there's an input on the computer that you tested positive for Covid?" the officer asks.

The officer asks the student whether he was supposed to be quarantining, and the student said that's why he was at home.

Other people at the house had also tested positive for the virus, the student told the officer.

Five of those cited are listed in Miami University's web directory as students.

Miami University declined to comment on the matter, citing federal privacy laws, but added that students who violate quarantine orders or the city ordinance on mass gatherings would face disciplinary action.

Colleges and universities across the nation have struggled to prevent students from throwing or attending parties in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.

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