People Are Calling 911 To Report Their Neighbors For Coughing
Cathedral City, CA – Multiple California police departments have reported getting 911 calls from concerned residents who want to report their neighbors for coughing and sneezing in the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic.
Cathedral City Police Commander Paul Herrera told USA Today that his department has received 911 calls from people reporting on their neighbors.
Authorities said they can’t dismiss the calls which in many cases are forwarded to the fire department and paramedics are dispatched.
The New York Post reported that dispatchers in some cities were instructed to ask people who call if those neighbors had recently returned from a trip outside of the U.S.
Carlsbad Police Chief Neil Gallucci said that authorities are extra vigilant with calls related to the coronavirus.
Chief Gallucci said the concern is over first responders becoming infected with the coronavirus, according to the New York Post.
“If that happens enough, we worry about calls for service,” the chief said. “We’re prepared to deal with issues that come up, but it’s a concern chiefs worry about.”
The entire of state of California has been under a “shelter in place” order put in place by Governor Gavin Newsom, according to KMPH. Newsom didn’t put an end date on the order.
Newsom sent a letter to President Donald Trump that he expects 56% of the state’s population – or about 25.5 million people – to become infected by the coronavirus over the next eight weeks, according to The Hill.
“Governor Newsom has been honest about the threat of the virus and its impact on the health and welfare of Californians,” said Jesse Melgar, a spokesman for the California governor, in a statement to The Hill. “This projection shows why it’s so critical that Californians take action to slow the spread of the disease – and those mitigation efforts aren’t taken into account in those numbers. The state is deploying every resource at its disposal to meet this challenge, and we continue to ask for the federal government’s assistance in this fight.”
Update: The original version of this article said that the Palm Springs Police Department said it had received calls reporting neighbors for coughing and sneezing, as was reported by USA Today.
The Palm Springs police told Blue Lives Matter they hadn't reported any such 911 calls and the article has been corrected.