Photos and videos of large crowds gathering on New York’s Fire Island over the July 4 week-end are drawing the ire of hundreds on social media marketing.
Officers from the Suffolk County Police Department were called to the beach in Fire Island Pines twice on Saturday regarding reports of a significant number of people failing to social distance or wear face coverings while they partied in the sand.
Numerous videos have since been shared across Twitter and Instagram documenting the troubling scenes at the popular holiday spot, showing cohorts of dwellers stood closely together without masks on.
Suffolk County police said officers walked through the gathering and reminded people to social distance, however no citations were issued.
One attendee, Corey Hannon, even bragged on social media he had recently contracted COVID-19, but, after only quarantining himself for eight days, he made a decision to flock to the beach party regardless.
Photos and videos of large crowds gathering on New York’s popular holiday destination Fire Island within the July 4 weekend are drawing the ire of hundreds on social media marketing
One attendee, Corey Hannon, even bragged on social media that that he had recently contracted COVID-19, but, after only quarantining himself for eight days, he decided to flock to the beach party regardless
In a since deleted Instagram post, Hannon is heard saying in the video: ‘You know what, I did have COVID. Everyone knows I had COVID, and you know what I did? I sat in my f***ing bedroom and quarantined myself for eight f***ing days. And suffered through COVID. And now I’m out celebrating. So go f*** yourselves. I hope all of you obtain f***ing COVID, you nasty, nasty trolls.
The 27-year-old New Yorker detail by detail his so-called battle with coronavirus often on Facebook in the days before his visit to Fire Island.
On June 30, he wrote, ‘Random as hell but feeling grateful! 11:18 p.m. Day 7 and my body has decided it’s done with COVID-10 [sic]. Praying I get up tomorrow with this specific good feeling and it’s not just a tease.’
Three days later, on July 3, Hannon uploaded a list of essentials that he was packing to try Fire Island, writing: ‘All ready to get the f*** out of the city to Fired Island to celebrate the f***ed up thing we call America.’
Just each day afterwards, Hannon shared on Facebook he was beginning to feel sick again, remarking ‘F*** you, Miss Rona. I thought I was cured,’ associated with several crying face emojis. All of the posts have since been deleted.
Another of the attendees of the party, identified as Giancarlo Albanese, uploaded an image to his public Instagram page celebrating his apparent defiance of state social distancing guidelines.
‘F*** your mask. F*** your social distancing. F*** your vaccine. F*** your eugenics,’ Albanese wrote. ‘Kiss my a**hole if you think Im an a**.’
In a statement to DailyMail.com on Sunday, Hannon apologized for his comments and actions, insisting however ‘never maliciously hurt someone.’
In a statement to DailyMail.com on Sunday, Hannon apologized for his comments and actions, insisting he would ‘never maliciously hurt someone.’
Another of the attendees of the party, identified as Giancarlo Albanese, uploaded an image (above) to his public Instagram page celebrating his apparent defiance of state social distancing directions.
The gathering Hannon attended was one of several on Fire Island reported on social media Saturday. Other pictures showed dozens gathered throughout what seemed to be a house party on the Island on Saturday night.
‘Spending the beginning of my 2020 homeless to now living in a beautiful apartment in Hells Kitchen, I’m maybe not some privileged, arrogant, uneducated person. I’m a very well educated, humble, passionate person who made a poor choice and for that I’m sorry.’
Hannon added that he’d claimed to own had COVID-19 on social media marketing because that he was reportedly told by his medical practitioner that he ‘most likely had it’.
‘I chose to be on the safe side and live and act as if I had it. When the symptoms subsided so rapidly, I began to think maybe I didn’t. I made a mistake and today realize I should’ve stayed in longer.
‘I am still not feeling any symptoms and have not since last Wednesday. When I posted that I wasn’t feeling well, while on the beach, it wasn’t a COVID symptom. I was not really feeling well from heat. After being severely dehydrated from Covid mixed with 90 degree heat, it didn’t settle well,’ that he continued.
The gathering Hannon attended was one of a few on Fire Island reported on social media marketing Saturday. Other images showed dozens gathered during what appeared to be a residence party on the Island on Saturday night.
In the image, shared by Vega on Facebook, none of the attendees are wearing masks and stood closely together with some even with their arms around one another.
Long Island, once deemed a major spot for coronavirus, is currently in Phases 3 of the state’s reopening plan and county officials are currently gearing up to implement phase 4 on Wednesday.
State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday issued a reminder to local governments to carry on to enforce social distancing rules.
‘As we end this holiday weekend, I urge everyone to be New York Tough: wear a mask, socially distance, use hand sanitizer and continue the smart practices that have made our state a national leader in combating this virus,’ Cuomo said. ‘I also remind local governments of their duty to enforce the standards which have made [New York’s] reopening safe and successful.’
Unlike other major cities across America, New York City has seen a marked improvement in coronavirus numbers within the last few week weeks.
Locals expressed their worries and frustrations on Twitter that the scenes on Fire Island could lead to another surge of coronavirus.
‘Hey @NYGovCuomo how about informing Fire Island that all these people need 2 stay there in quarantine for 14 days b4 they can come back 2 the city due 2 their carelessness. #fireisland,’ wrote Lucy Ortiz.
‘So, it would be AMAZING if all of you who are in Fire Island to keep you’re a**es there for the following 14-21 days, get a COVID test and when you get results exit quarantine like a responsible citizen. You are responsible for your actions. Stay where you are,’ added Adam Antium.
Vinny Vega, a NY promoter and COVID survivor, also criticized Saturday’s scenes in Fire Island.
‘So many people are flat out refusing adjust fully to the “new normal.” Guess what…everyone in this photo, and anyone as of this party…2020 has been a hard year for the ENTIRE F***ing PLANET,’ Vega blasted.
‘Delusional, sociopathic mindsets in our current sociopolitical climate are resulting in spiking numbers of Covid-19 cases/deaths. THIS IS NOT A JOKE: THIS IS SERIOUS. CARE MORE.’
Locals expressed their worries and frustrations on Twitter that the scenes on Fire Island can lead to a second surge of coronavirus.
No citations were issued at Saturday’s beach party, local police have said
The United States dipped under 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the very first time in four days, but experts have said Independence Day festivities will likely behave as rocket fuel for the country’s surging outbreak.
Johns Hopkins University, which tallies confirmed cases, counted 45,300 new coronavirus infections in the U.S. on Saturday.
The new count came after three days in which the daily count reached as high as 54,500 new cases.
The country was reporting under 20,000 new infections each day as recently as June 15.
Experts warned, however, that the lower figure on Saturday does not suggest the situation in the U.S. is improving, because it could be because of reduced reporting on a national holiday. They also expect an additional spike following the long week-end.
The United States has the most infections and virus-related deaths in the world, with 2.8 million cases and not exactly 130,000 dead.
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Idaho and Alabama all registered new daily highs on Friday, while Texas hit a new peak for hospitalizations.
Florida health officials on Sunday said their state had reached a grim milestone: a lot more than 200,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
State statistics show about 10,000 new people tested positive – accurate documentation new single-day high. More than 3,700 folks have died.
Over yesteryear two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in the state has increased by 5,323 – a growth of 184.1 %.
About 43 % of the cases in Florida have been in three counties: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.