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Mon Jul 6, 2020, 06:51 PM

As the Virus Surged, Florida Partied. Tracking the Revelers Has Been Tough.

MIAMI — Miami’s flashy nightclubs closed in March, but the parties have raged on in the waterfront manse tucked in the lush residential neighborhood of Belle Meade Island. Revelers arrive in sports cars and ride-shares several nights a week, say neighbors who have spied professional bouncers at the door and bought earplugs to try to sleep through the thumping dance beats.

They are the sort of parties — drawing throngs of maskless strangers to rave until sunrise — that local health officials say have been a notable contributing factor to the soaring number of coronavirus cases in Florida, one of the most troubling infection spots in the country.

Just how many parties have been linked to Covid-19 is unclear because Florida does not make public information about confirmed disease clusters. On Belle Meade Island, neighbors fear the large numbers of people going in and out of the house parties are precisely what public health officials have warned them about.

“We have hundreds of people coming onto this island,” said Jeri Klemme-Zaiac, a nurse practitioner who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years. “This is how this is spreading: People have no regard for anyone else.”

The city of Miami and the Miami-Dade Police Department shut down a party at the house just before midnight on Wednesday, a spokesman for the department said. Officers kicked out perhaps a hundred people, estimated Rita Lagace, who lives next door and saw the attendees reluctantly depart. She predicted the festivities would soon return: Targeting loud parties has always been a game of whack-a-mole in Miami, a city famous for its dazzling nightlife.

But the quest to end parties and other social gatherings has gained new urgency because of the exploding coronavirus in Florida, which reported more than 10,000 new cases on Sunday. The state’s contact tracers, already overwhelmed by the surging number of new cases, have found it especially difficult to track how the virus jumped from one party guest to the next because some infected people refused to divulge whom they went out with or had over to their house.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/as-the-virus-surged-florida-partied-tracking-the-revelers-has-been-tough/ar-BB16nQd6?li=BBnb7Kz

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Reply As the Virus Surged, Florida Partied. Tracking the Revelers Has Been Tough. (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jul 6 OP
Buckeye_Democrat Jul 6 #1
SoCalNative Jul 6 #2
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Hortensis Jul 6 #4

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 06:55 PM

1. A contact-tracing nightmare.

If I was a contact tracer, I'd probably get annoyed while talking to some bar-hopping young people and just quit.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 07:25 PM

2. Everyone has cell phones. Use the GPS tracking

it's not rocket science.

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Response to SoCalNative (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 07:28 PM

3. I wanted to volunteer my tracking data...

... to alert me of exposure, but Ohio doesn't allow it.

If I can't be voluntarily tracked here, would a contact tracer get the information anyway?

Edit:
I'm referring to this: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/06/20/have-apple-and-google-suddenly-uploaded-a-covid-19-tracking-app-to-your-phone-android-iphone-exposure-notification-contact-tracing/#3a46d6346054

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 07:48 PM

4. No, we didn't. Especially hard accusation against those

whose work required them to interact with those who did. You know, the not just unsung, but spat upon frontliners.

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