Yohana Anahi Gonzalez & Jose Antonio Freire Interian, Key West, Florida couple arrested for breaking a mandatory quarantine order after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Jose Antonio Freire Interian, 24, and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez, 27, were arrested Wednesday evening at their Key West apartment and taken to the Stock Island Detention Center, authorities said.
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County had issued an isolation order on July 21 to the pair, instructing them to stay at home for 14 days and wear masks around others, The Miami Herald reported.
Matters didn’t go to plan after neighbors complained about the couple breaking quarantine rules.
Freire was spotted walking his dog, making trips to the grocery store and washing his car, according to a police report. Both had been seen leaving and returning home without face coverings.
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The property manager at their apartment complex reported them to Key West police, and handed over surveillance footage of the pair from a camera located in a common room, the Herald reported.
‘An officer took the video to the judge and the judge signed the warrant,’ Key West City Manager Greg Veliz told the Herald.
The couple was charged with violating the state law that requires isolation or quarantine in a public health emergency and violating emergency management.
Both are second-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to 60 days in jail. Of note, the couple’s quarantine had been set to end July 31, police said.
Freire and Gonzalez were released from jail Thursday morning after posting $1,000 bond each.
During their stint behind bars, the couple was kept isolated from the other inmates in ‘negative pressure’ rooms where the air is not recirculated into other areas of the jail, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said.
‘The whole idea is to keep them apart from the general population,’ Linhardt said. ‘We’ve had people in those rooms before we’ve suspected of having it. If they show symptoms, that’s where people are quarantined.’
The couple’s arrest follows national debate over masks and self-quarantines, as communities grapple over how aggressively they should enforce rules meant to control the spread of COVID-19, which has now infected more than 460,000 in Florida and killed nearly 6,600 of its residents.
On Thursday, the Florida Keys had 1,230 known cases of COVID-19 and six deaths, the state health department said.