The father and sister of a coronavirus patient in the US state of Missouri disregarded a quarantine and went to a school function on Saturday.
The patient, who is in her 20s, reported feeling sick after returning from Italy on March 2. Health officials who advised her to get tested, and she was confirmed as Missouri’s first presumptive positive case on Saturday.
That night the patient’s father defied these instructions and went to a school function with another daughter, Page said.”The way the family has reacted to this situation is really a tale of two reactions,” Page said. “And a study of how people should and should not react to the coronavirus.”
Page lauded the patient, saying she has “conducted herself responsibly and maturely ” and she has been “complying with the health departments instructions.”
Health and county officials learned about the father’s actions Sunday and told him that he needs to stay in isolation. If he does not comply with orders, health officials will seek a court order and “issue a formal quarantine that will require him and the rest of his family to stay in their home by the force of law,” Page warned.