Police arrest Colorado woman accused of violating Hawaii’s coronavirus quarantine
A Colorado woman was arrested in Hawaii on Saturday after police there said she failed to comply with the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers.
Tara Trunfio, 23, could face up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine for violating the two-week self-quarantine put in place in March by Hawaii Gov. David Y. Ige to try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Anyone visiting or returning to Hawaii is required to isolate themselves for two weeks upon arrival, only going out for a medical emergency or to seek medical care.
Trunfio acknowledged the quarantine restrictions when she arrived on the island of Maui, according to the Maui Police Department, but did not follow them after she left the airport. Police put out an “all-points bulletin” for her arrest Friday and posted about the situation on Facebook, reaching more than 300,000 people as thousands of users commented on the post.
Trunfio, whose Facebook page says she lives in Boulder, was arrested early Saturday morning after police were dispatched to a residence in Kula, a town on Maui, for a woman who was refusing to leave the property around 2 a.m. Police arrived and discovered Trunfio, who they arrested.
Her bond was set at $4,000. Trunfio could not be reached for comment Sunday.
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