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JULY 03, 2020

‘How can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote,’ says Tuscaloosa City councillor Sonya McKinstry

BY  James Crump 


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Students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who have tested positive for coronavirus, have been attending parties as part of a game to see who will contract the virus off them first, according to city officials.

Tuscaloosa City councillor Sonya McKinstry told ABC News on Wednesday that local students have been organising “Covid parties” over the last few weeks.

Ms McKinstry said that organisers of the parties are inviting people they know have Covid-19 to see who will be the first to be infected at the gathering.

“They put money in a pot and they try to get Covid. Whoever gets Covid first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” the councillor said. “They’re intentionally doing it.”

Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, as well as several other colleges, according to ABC.

Ms McKinstry’s comments came the day after Tuscaloosa fire chief Randy Smith claimed in a City Council meeting, that parties had been held “where students, or kids, would come in with known positive.”

Mr Smith, who was wearing a face mask, told state officials that “we thought that was kind of a rumour at first,” but added: “We did some research. Not only do the doctors’ offices confirm it but the state confirmed they also had the same information.”Under the state’s safer at home order, anyone infected with Covid-19 has to quarantine at home for 14 days, and the fine for breaking the order is up to $500 (£400).

Ms McKinstrey said that she is concerned that some people might attend the parties without knowing their purpose, and said the city’s police officers are attempting to stop the gatherings.

“We’re trying to break up any parties that we know of,” she said. “I think when you’re dealing with the mind frame of people who are intentionally doing stuff like that and they’re spreading it intentionally, how can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote?”

The news comes amid a dramatic rise in cases in the US, following the easing of restrictions in most states, after a period of lockdown.


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