The Fyre Festival is a defunct luxury music festival that left thousands of clueless attendees stranded at a run-down, half-built concert site in the Bahamas in April 2017. It was co-founded by McFarland and American rapper Ja Rule and was documented in Netflix‘s 2019 film Fyre.
Since March 2018, McFarland has been incarcerated at Elkton prison — Ohio’s only federal prison — where 60 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus and six have died as a result of complications from COVID-19, as reported by Dispatch.
With the threat and concern surrounding the global health crisis, certain inmates — often well-behaved ones — have been granted early, or at least temporary, release from prison to cut down on the spread, according to THR.
McFarland’s attorneys cited those examples in an attempt to sway Judge Naomi Buchwald towards letting him go.
“Mr. McFarland is not a risk to the community nor a threat to public safety,” they argued.
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Expanding on their client’s “vulnerability” to COVID-19, the lawyers noted that McFarland was diagnosed with asthma “as a teenager” and is on the “extreme scale of the allergy spectrum.”
They added that he has suffered unspecified heart issues while serving his time at Elkton correctional institution.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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