Skip to comments.Police: Florida woman caused coronavirus scare on Facebook, didn't self-quarantine
Posted on 04/03/2020 12:55:47 PM PDT by Red Badger
STUART, Fla. (CBS12) A woman in Stuart who police say caused a coronavirus scare on Facebook Live is now facing charges.
Police arrested 38-year-old Melissa Barton-Schmitt on misdemeanor charges of causing a disturbance and violating an executive order to self-quarantine.
According to police, several business owners saw Barton walking around downtown Stuart broadcasting on Facebook live on Wednesday afternoon. The witnesses said she reported that doctors recently tested her for COVID-19 and that she's waiting for the results to come back. Barton walked into the Ana Capri Activewear store briefly, then left.
According to the arrest report, the witnesses "expressed grave concern for the safety and health of themselves and others."
Police caught up with Barton in front of the Vine and Barley wine bar. Officers said Barton became argumentative and questioned why police stopped her. Police, according to the report, told her they learned of her Facebook posts and wanted to investigate a possible violation of a self-quarantine order.
Barton told police she had a coronavirus test 11 days ago at the Cleveland Clinic North and had yet to receive the results. According to the report, Barton claimed she wasn't told to self-quarantine. However, investigators said in Barton's Facebook Live post she acknowledged "her requirement to self-quarantine while being identified as a person under investigation as defined by the CDC."
Police also said Barton posted on Facebook Live that she believed her test would come back positive and encouraged people to stay in their homes.
Investigators said the Cleveland Clinic North provided police with a form that patients must sign before getting tested, acknowledging they have to self-quarantine.
Police asked Barton to be held without bond until her self-quarantine time passes.
Barton said on Friday the test results came back negative and that doctors say she no longer has to be on home isolation.
Police arrested 38-year-old Melissa Barton-Schmitt on misdemeanor charges of causing a disturbance and violating an executive order to self-quarantine. (Stuart Police)
Clean her up, a little makeup, possible innocence.
BTW, here in PA they had been testing only the sick and only 10% of those were positive.
A lot of hard miles, dont think thatll buff right out.
Wonder, was she just hanging around out front?...............
Says she’s 38...........somebody’s lyin...................
A thick nice coat of paint will do wonders
And a clay bar.
Sounds like she didn’t think she was contagious as long as she was still waiting for test results.
Real Woman Of Genius.
“A thick nice coat of paint will do wonders”
I have seen commercials where an air brush like tool is being sold.
She is just helping with the development of herd immunity - I think her for her efforts.
Wait...she tested negative...what a waste of police effort.
There are masculine features there.
Regardless, she’s a lefty looney for doing this. I would not touch it.
She looks high as hell
Shes too stupid to know how to stay at home
“Clean her up, a little makeup, possible innocence.”
She’s just a cougar with the flu.
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