A New York man who was arrested for repeatedly breaking mandatory self-quarantine orders after testing positive for coronavirus is not being held in prison because of the state’s bail reform laws.
The man, who has not been named due to HIPAA laws, was charged with criminal contempt for not self-isolating in Oneida in upstate New York after contracting COVID-19.
Police say the man had been given multiple warnings to self-isolate after testing positive.
The man, who has not been named due to HIPAA laws, was charged with criminal contempt for not self-isolating in Oneida in upstate New York after contracting COVID-19
He failed to follow the mandatory quarantine order, according to authorities.
Due to the state’s bail reform laws, police had to issue the man with an appearance ticket because the charge does not allow for bail to be set.
Police said the man had been arrested several times in the previous six weeks for various offenses including theft of a vehicle, criminal mischief, menacing with a weapon and criminal contempt pending two warrants.
He was released back into the community due to the bail reforms after each arrest because, like the charge for breaking quarantine, the charges were not bailable offenses.
In a statement, the Oneida City Police Department slammed the man as ‘selfish’ for posing a risk to the community given he tested positive.
‘We wanted the community to be aware and understand that while we are committed to keeping our community safe and will continue to enforce all laws,’ the statement read.
‘Our hands have been bound by the bail ‘reforms’ thus allowing irresponsible and selfish people like this to continue to pose risks and dangers to our communities.
‘Please continue to take personal precautions and follow CDC and health department guidelines, such as wearing face masks and washing your hands, as you never know who you will be near and what risks they may pose to you and your loved ones.’
New York state has been among the hardest hit amid the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
As of Tuesday, there were 398,900 coronavirus infections across the state and 24,900 deaths.
Across the country, there are more than 3 million cases and 131,000 deaths.