Don’t Want to Talk to Contact Tracers? This N.Y. County Will Make You Pay
Written by Luis Miguel
New York officials are issuing subpoenas and threatening fines against a group of partygoers who allegedly refuse to cooperate with contract tracers who want to ask them about their participation at a gathering that is believed to have been a coronavirus cluster.
The eight individuals have reportedly dodged communication with tracers after attending a Rockland County party hosted last month in New York City at which the host exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. According to officials, those who refuse to cooperate will be fined $2,000 for every day of noncompliance.
County Health Commissioner Patricia Ruppert said of the individuals who have refused to talk with investigators: “My staff has been told that a person does not wish to or have to speak to my disease investigators. They hang up. They deny being at the party, even though we have found their names from another party attending or a parent provides us with the information. Many do not answer their cell phones and do not call back.”
“This must stop,” Ruppert added. “Unfortunately, I am now forced by these circumstances to send subpoenas to the individuals who are required to cooperate with us. Failure to comply will be costly — $2,000 per day.”
Ed Day, Rockland County executive, asserted that it’s “a matter of information” and that “no one is in trouble.” He warned that the county is taking the issue seriously.
“I don’t care who you are, who you know, how much money you make, where you live, or anything along those lines,” Day said. “If you get in the way of a health department investigation, I will take and we will take every step necessary to ensure that we respond appropriately, and we’re taking a serious response.”
He added that he would not allow the “health of our county [to be] compromised because of ignorance, stupidity, obstinance, or anything else for that matter.”
Officials believe that the attendees of the New York City event went on to attend other large parties in the area. As many as 100 people were exposed to the outbreak, according to officials.
“Large gatherings remain an issue,” Ruppert said. “The risk of transmission of the virus is high and very real.”
Contact tracing is a public health measure in which health professionals work with patients to develop a list of everyone with whom they have come into close contact during a specified period of time. The officials then contact those who have possibly been exposed to the virus.
According to New York’s coronavirus website, “New York State has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vital Strategies to create the NYS Contact Tracing Program.”
Curiously, while the government aggressively goes after partygoers, New York City contact tracers are specifically prohibited from asking anyone who tests COVID-positive whether they have attended recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations — even though the protests and riots consist of hundreds of people without little-to-no social distancing.
Officials maintain that asking about their attendance at protests would make people uncomfortable and unwilling to cooperate.
“It’s really important to have a good rapport and treat people with ease. It’s important to not ask questions that will impede your ability to do the best job you can,” said Dr. S. Patrick Kachur, a professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a former official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Couldn’t the same logic be applied to people who go to parties or church or conservative rallies or any other type of gathering?
Does the coronavirus have a sentience that keeps it from infecting people at a BLM riot but not at church? The mainstream media perpetuates this myth with articles such as “Cities with Black Lives Matter protests have not seen spikes in COVID-19.”
However, even California Governor Gavin Newson, a Democrat, admits the protests could lead to higher COVID-19 infections.
If the virus can’t spread at a BLM protest, then one would think it can’t spread at a Trump rally or a patriotic event. Yet Democrats and the media have repeatedly castigated Republicans for planning the national committee in Jacksonville, Florida, in August and condemned the president for going to a large Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore this Fourth of July weekend.
The message is clear: Corona crimes are unpardonable, but only if you’re not on the “approved causes” list. Contact tracing is simply another way for Big Brother to punish those guilty of wrongthink.
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American