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A Sweet 16 Becomes 'Super Spreader' in Suffolk County

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Suffolk County health officials have slapped a Long Island banquet venue with $12,000 in fines for COVID-19 violations.

Officials say the Miller Place Inn hosted a Sweet 16 birthday party last month with more than 80 guests. The state maximum is 50.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said at least 37 guests have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, including several high school students.

“There is no precise definition of what a super spreader event is, but based on our experience in dealing with this pandemic over seven months now, this is a super spreader event for Suffolk County without question," Bellone said.

Bellone said some attendees also violated social distance and face covering guidelines. He said the violations are a reminder that Suffolk County is not out of the woods yet in the fight against COVID-19.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.