Carmel police refute social media post, urge caution online


Carmel police are urging residents to be careful about social media posts, as they recently became aware of a post containing incorrect information about the coronavirus pandemic.

CPD issued the following statement March 19:

“The Carmel Police Department has been made aware of a social media post that suggests that there will be a mandatory national 14-day quarantine to be enforced by local first responders and military.  To be clear, we have not received any information to confirm this to date.  The post is very generic in nature, contains grammatical errors, and references Homeland Security and the “Stafford Act” to add legitimacy.  The world’s normal is constantly changing.  Posts like these can appear legitimate and add fear and anxiety to an already tense way of life.  We ask that you react to facts, not fear.  There is no known plan to implement a quarantine to be enforced by first responders or military.  There is no need to hoard supplies or food.  Please maintain social distancing, hand washing, and staying home if you are sick.  If you have a fever, persistent dry cough, or shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider and call the COVID-19 hotline – 877-826-0011.”