Riverhead man who hosted social gathering of 300 individuals Oct. 9 charged with violating Public Well being Legislation, police announce

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Riverhead Town Police last night announced an enforcement action against the host of a major party on Middle Road on Friday October 9th.

Police said in the press release that they disbanded a group of about 300 people held at 455 Middle Road in Riverhead and gave the party’s host Julian B. Harris, 29, a ticket to breach New York State Public Issued Health Act. Police said Harris is based at that address.

Police responded to a complaint about a large party at the address on October 10 at around 9:35 p.m., the press release said. The responding officers found around 300 people at this address, including a DJ for entertainment and vehicles blocking the lane.

Harris is charged with violating Public Health Act 12-B for holding a non-essential meeting of more than 50 people governed by Executive Order 202.14 of the Governor, as amended, and that of New York State Department of Health passed COVID-19 emergency regulations is prohibited. Police also said people on the party were violating the Emergency Ordinance that requires face covering to be worn in a public place unless they are socially distant.

Violation of Public Health Act Section 12-B, “Willful Breach of Health Act,” is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to $ 10,000, or both.

Large parties and other large social gatherings where people do not wear face coverings or keep a social distance of at least two meters have been labeled “super-spreader” events, responsible for the spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus and the emergence of new outbreaks are.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly urged local law enforcement agencies to take action against non-essential gatherings that violate executive ordinances and COVID-19 emergency regulations, as well as other types of violations of the orders and regulations.

It is unknown if the October 9 party in Riverhead is linked to COVID-19 infections.
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According to the county health department, there have been 850 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverhead Town on October 23 since the outbreak began in March. There have been 48,630 confirmed cases in Suffolk County with the positivity rate of test results remaining at 1%.

According to health officials, the actual infection rate has always been much higher than the positivity rate of the test results because most people who become infected with the disease remain asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and are not tested. Health officials say around 20% of those infected have symptoms that require hospitalization.

Because of the potential for community expansion through asymptomatic individuals, since the beginning of the crisis, the state has pushed for an increase in the number of tests carried out on residents. The goal is to have at least 30 diagnostic tests per 1,000 people. More than 100,000 diagnostic tests have been performed in New York every day since October 1.

The statewide positivity rate of test results during that time was just over 1%, while positivity rates rose much higher at several hot spots in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley, where there were clusters of outbreaks, with some cases above 10 %.

There were 2,069 COVID-19 deaths in Suffolk on October 22, according to the state health department.

The virus is increasing across the country and is re-emerging in some states where infections had receded. A record number of new positive cases were identified in the US yesterday, approximately 80,000. The nationwide positivity rate for test results is currently 5.8% on a moving average of seven days. COVID hospital stays have increased 40% in the past two weeks.

There have been nearly 8.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 223,998 deaths in the United States, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

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