A university student who had tested positive for coronavirus threw a house party for 20 friends – and told police he thought it was OK because he was at home.
The Miami University student and a dozen students were slapped with cautions after a Covid-19 positive reveller threw a Labour Day weekend party.
Police claim the undergraduate was in the middle of his 14-day self-isolation period when he was caught hosting the gathering.
He attempted to reassure officers by saying “that’s why I’m at my house”, when they challenged him about his coronavirus diagnosis.
Bodycam footage captured the moment officers descended on the home in Walnut Street, in Oxford, Ohio, on Saturday.
In the clip, the party host greeted officers on their arrival, telling them he was aware he had broken Labour Day party limits of 10 people.
He said said eight people lived at the house and others had just stopped by the property to celebrate the weekend – which is an annual holiday for US citizens.
Police ran his ID through their database and discovered he had coronavirus and was meant to be in quarantine.
Cops challenged his diagnosis, and he confirmed he had coronavirus, but added: “Yeah. That’s why I’m at my house.”
An officer then asks: “So you have other people here, and you’re positive for Covid? You see the problem? How many other people have Covid?”
The student then claims all of the students in the house have coronavirus, but backtracks and then says maybe two.
Police inform him they are trying to prevent such breaches to “keep this town open” and five occupants were given $500 (£400) fines as a civil penalty.
Officers also told the revellers they would be informing the university of the breach, and all partygoers have been asked to get tested.
It comes as around one in every 17 Miami University students has tested positive in the last two weeks, Cincinnati.com reports.