Isla Vista Sorority Members Throw Large Party Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
By edhat staff
A social media video shows an Isla Vista house with residents in a sorority throwing a large outdoor party, breaking the Governor imposed COVID-19 pandemic rules.
The video posted on Twitter shows at least fifty people in the backyard of what's described as a "Delta Gamma Senior House" in close proximity to one another.
Governor Newsom and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department have issued health orders prohibiting gatherings of anyone outside your home. When in contact with people outside of your immediate home, people are required to wear a face mask and keep at least six feet of distance between each other.
The person who shared the video stated on Twitter that they live next door to the home that's inhabited by members of the Delta Gamma sorority and have witnessed at least two parties.
Another Twitter user reached out to UC Santa Barbara's Office of Student Life Director, Jonathan Ng, regarding the party. In a publicly posted email, Ng stated the governing council for this organization was made aware of the situation and has "initiated their judicial process."
As of Friday, one person died in Isla Vista due to COVID-19. They were between 50-69 years of age, had underlying health conditions, and were associated with a congregate-care facility.
Last week the Public Health Department stated new COVID-19 cases have decreased throughout the county, except in Isla Vista where they will now be focusing their efforts.
County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg made a point to state this is not just a virus for older people. Younger people are at risk of infection and have a greater likelihood of spreading the virus than older people, additionally, approximately 40% of hospitalizations within Santa Barbara County are people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, he said.
FUCK DG FOR THINKING THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH PARTYING MULTIPLE TIMES!! i’m sick and tired of all these selfish disgusting people thinking they’re above a pandemic. it’s on sight for anyone not wearing a mask and practicing social distancing! pic.twitter.com/y4Po2TJqxg
— antisocial social distancing club (@BingobongoB) August 22, 2020
[Editor's Note: A correction has been made to properly identify the location of this party at a house with Delta Gamma sorority residents, not the official sorority house.]