Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high. An average of almost 72,000 people tested positive every day over the last week alone. And twice during the week, the U.S. set a record for most cases in a day.
You’d think people would follow the CDC guidelines by now. They very often don’t.
Just two weeks ago, in Suffolk County, New York, a Sweet 16 party became a “super spreader” party took place at the Miller County Inn, which was hit with a $12,000 fine according to Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone.
Now Suffolk has been hit again. Twice.
On October 17, a wedding was held at North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue, Long Island. There were 91 attendees, which violates a New York State rule that allows for 50 people or fewer in a room. Perhaps to the surprise of no one who didn’t attend the event, 27 guests later tested positive for COVID. Two employees and an outside vendor also got the virus. And almost 160 people had to be quarantined.
North Fork Country Club was issued a $17,000 fine.
“This kind of blatant disregard for the well-being of others is not only extremely disappointing, it will not be tolerated,” Bellone said at a news conference earlier this week.
In the meantime, on the very same day, an adult birthday party took place in nearby Bellport. There were 50 people at the event, and while it didn’t violate any emergency state health codes, there was no social distancing to speak of. More than half of the guests tested positive for COVID, and 132 people were forced to quarantine.
Bellone pointed out how quickly the virus can spread when people neglect to follow the CDC guidelines. In fact, according to NBC News, a total of six school districts in Suffolk County have been impacted by the coronavirus cases from both the wedding and the birthday party.
“These kinds of superspreader events are a threat to our public health and to our continued economic recovery,” Bellone said.
According to Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19 dashboard, Suffolk County, New York is one of the worst-hit coronavirus counties in the United States. In fact, with nearly 50,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths, it is the 15th deadliest.