NY sheriff says he will charge those who lie to contact tracers

"I think that is an intentional, willful, desire to want to make things worse and not make things better"


Watertown Daily Times

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Clinton County Sheriff Dave Favro says he is concerned about talk circulating that people might lie to contact tracers this summer if they end up sick with the coronavirus.

"I heard something last night that was pretty alarming," Favro said. "That's deplorable, that's pretty pathetic of a human being to take that approach. That's selfish, that's disrespectful."

Contact tracing is a key element of New York and other state's plans to keep track of the virus's spread. After a person is confirmed with COVID-19, contact tracers will ask them a series of questions regarding who they were within recent weeks. Anyone who was in close contact with an infected person is expected to quarantine for 14 days.

Favro says if law enforcement can prove this is happening, he will find a way to press criminal charges.

"I think that is an intentional, willful, desire to want to make things worse and not make things better," he said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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