Health officials said the coronavirus infection in eight people was related to a large gathering where the owner of the party developed COVID-19 symptoms in Rockland County outside of New York City.
However, some people who attend the party refuse to follow the contract tracking procedures, they will get a subpoena and may be fined $2,000 per day.
Rockland County Health Director Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said at a press conference on Wednesday that health workers have been trying to talk to people who test positive after attending the meeting to Contain what officials call the new coronavirus cluster.
Rupert said: “Many people do not answer the phone and do not return the phone.” He added that someone refused to attend the party. “My staff was told that a person did not want or had to talk to my disease investigator.”
She said county officials will subpoena those who do not cooperate with contact trackers and will start fines of $2,000 per day for violations.
According to a report by NBC New York, the party was held in New Town last month, and officials in the county believe that some of the people who participated in the party continue to participate in other large parties in the area.
Rupert said: “Large parties are still a problem.” “The risk of virus transmission is high and very real.”
The Rockland County Chief Executive Ed Day said that people who refused to help contact the tracers indicated “ignorance, stupidity or stubbornness.”
Dai said: “I won’t stand idly by, because you risk the health of this county.”
According to a county’s website, there are more than 13,600 cases of coronavirus in Rockland County, including 668 deaths.
Officials say the current decline in the number of new coronaviruses in the county is encouraging, but to maintain this positive trend, they need residents to help them control the outbreak.
Rupert said: “If the health department calls, please answer the phone.”
Rupert said health officials in the county have adopted a similar strategy, warning them that they will fine non-compliant residents during the measles outbreak in 2019, which is effective.