Warrant: Georgia man lied about virus during jail booking

Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 9:52 AM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man is accused of lying about having the coronavirus while being booked into jail.

News outlets report that 29-year-old Ronald Nathaniel Steward was charged with making false statements and terroristic threats on April 11.

A Cobb County arrest warrant says the hospital at which Steward said he received treatment told a jail nurse that he wasn't tested or treated there.

Cobb County deputies say they still quarantined Steward in a single-person cell and used protective gear around him.

Court records show he was originally charged in November in connection with hitting a police officer. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer to comment on his behalf.

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