LOS ANGELES — Public health officials continue to urge people to resist the urge to party with this upcoming Labor Day weekend. They urge the public to stick to hanging out with those in your immediate home to help slow the spread of covid-19. But that won’t stop everyone from partying.
Pandemic parties have been happening in Southern California, including a home in Encino. Pandemic parties have also been held at several college campuses, including at the University of Connecticut, where some students caught partying were even evicted from their dorm rooms. The University of Notre Dame is one of the campuses that cancelled in-class instruction and sent students home following outbreaks.
At USC, a picture has been posted of a party allegedly held at an apartment complex near campus. USC Sophomore Ally McCoy lives in the building. She said, “We didn’t hear anything so the sound proofing was great. But apparently it did happen.”
So what do you do, if you see a pandemic party? Do you snitch? McCoy says she wouldn’t participate in so-called virus-snitching or report a pandemic party to university officials or the public health departments.
“I don’t know if that would stop them anyway,” she said.
Plus she said at least at USC, a potential party-related outbreak wouldn’t change how classes are being held right now. “It’s all online anyway, so it really can’t get much worse. I mean obviously you could get sick.”
State data shows the 18 to 49 age group accounts for 60 percent of positive COVID-19 cases.
Some college students say if pandemic parties had the potential to stop in-person classes on campuses that have returned to in-person teaching, then they say they may be compelled to snitch on a get-together.
McCoy said while the hosts of the alleged party in her building are, “really stupid.” She said she wouldn’t be compelled to snitch on them, even if the alleged party did violate health orders. She said she wouldn’t want to get involved, or have her name attached to having reported the party. Plus she said there is the saying, “snitches get stitches.”
The sophomore also said that she’s too busy with classes to bother with virus-snitching.