OXFORD, Ohio (WKRC) - At Miami University, more than 1,000 students have the coronavirus. Despite the surge in cases, the Oxford Police Department had a busy weekend busting house parties.
Several students who knew they were positive for the virus decided to throw one anyway.
"This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by in large, the students have been very well behaved," said Lt. Lara Fening with the Oxford Police Department.
Fening said it was a home on E. Walnut Street that more than 20 people packed into on Saturday. When police stopped by, the hosts knew they had more than 10 people there but maintained they were following quarantine guidelines.
"The way I interpreted the video from the bodycam footage was -- he felt like he was at home and quarantining like he was supposed to be and that the majority of the people that were at the house had passed by and stopped by," said Fening.
Six men were cited; five of them live in the house. The other was a visitor. The citation carries a $500 fine from the city of Oxford. Local 12 reached out to each of the men for comment; they did not have one.
"Some residents came over from across the street that were reportedly COVID-positive as well," said Fening.
Fening suggests if you were there, get tested.
"We do not know if anybody else at that party was aware of the COVID-positive residents because some of them left while the officer was there," said Fening.
There's a lot at stake ahead of an announcement Wednesday from the university president about returning to in-person classes and living on campus.
"We want to stay safe; we want to be healthy; we want everyone around us to be healthy; we want this town to be thriving; we don't want this town to be shut down again. We want the underclassmen to come back," said Fening
Miami University said they are charging mass gathering citations under endangering public health and safety in the student code of conduct. Typically, that kind of violation calls for suspension.
The Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said criminally, if the health department presented his office with breach of quarantine charges, he would investigate.