As reported, some young people in Alabama have been throwing so-called Covid-19 parties, or Coronavirus parties. The purpose of the parties is people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus to attend, and the first person to get infected receives a payout. This has been reported by local officials, and the parties have been held in Tuscaloosa. Infected people are urged to attend by the organizers so others can intentionally contract the virus.
Sonya McKinstry, City Council member, told CNN that at first, they thought that it was some kind of rumors, but after doing some research, the state and doctors’ offices confirmed that they also had the same information.
Fire Chief Randy Smith also confirmed during a presentation that young people in the city are throwing Coronavirus parties with a payout if they catch the virus.
“They put money in a pot and they try to get Covid. Whoever gets Covid first gets the pot. It makes no sense. They’re intentionally doing it.” – McKinstry said.
Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama and several other colleges, and the parties take place even though there’s a state “safer at home” order under which anyone infected with Covid-19 has to quarantine at home for 14 days. The fine for breaking the order is $500.
Reportedly, the city’s police officers are attempting to stop the gatherings.
“We’re trying to break up any parties that we know of. 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?” – McKinstry added.