Against the advice of the WHO, the CDC, and just about every expert on the Internet, a group of people in Kentucky organized a “coronavirus party” instead of practicing social distancing.
According to Governor Andy Beshear, one of the individuals who attended the event has since tested positive for the virus.
“We still have folks that aren’t following the recommendations, and that ultimately hurts all of us. We have a positive case today from someone who attended a coronavirus party. And this is the part where I – the person that tells everyone else to be calm – have to remain calm myself,” the Governor said at the conference.
“Because anyone who goes to something like this may think that they are indestructible, but it’s someone else’s loved one that they are going to hurt. We are battling for the health and even the lives of our parents and our grandparents and don’t be so callous as to intentionally go to something and expose yourself to something that can kill other people. We ought to be much better than that.”
Beshear urged others to make sure no such parties take place again. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against any gatherings of more than 10 people.
“We all owe each other a duty to protect each other, and we simply can’t have folks that are doing things like this. So this is one that I hope I never have to report on again. This is something that no-one should be doing across the commonwealth.”
Despite his anger, Beshear spoke of forgiveness. “This is one that makes me mad. And it should make you mad. And ultimately, the power of forgiveness — we get through this, we should forgive that person. But no more of these anywhere, statewide — ever, for any reason,” he said.