There are some young people in Alabama that have begun throwing COVID-19 parties.
This is a disturbing competition where people who have coronavirus attend and the first person to get infected receives a payout.
The parties are being held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and infected people are urged to attend so others can intentionally contract the virus.
“We thought that was kind of a rumors at first,” said City Council member Sonya McKinstry to CNN. We did some research, not only do the doctors’ offices confirm it, but the state confirmed they also had the same information.”
Fire Chief Randy Smith first revealed that young people in the city are throwing parties with a payout if they catch coronavirus. He first made the trend known during a presentation to the Tuscaloosa City Council.
A Disturbing Trend
According to reports, the first person confirmed by a doctor to have coronavirus after the exposure wins the money made off the ticket sales.
Over the past few weeks, there have been several parties in the city and surrounding areas. Officials are afraid that there are probably more parties that they don’t know about.
“It makes me furious,” McKinstry said to CNN. “Furious to the fact that something that is so serious and deadly is being taken for granted. Not only is it irresponsible, but you could contract the virus and take it home to your parents or grandparents.”
The city is working on getting the word out and breaking up the parties. It also passed a mask ordinance this week that goes into effect Monday.
“This is not political. This is a public health issue. People are dying and there is no cure. We have to do whatever we can to save as many lives as possible, McKinstry said.
The state of Alabama has reported about 39,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 1,000 deaths.