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Texas woman arrested for allegedly threatening to spread coronavirus

Lorraine Maradiaga
Police mugshot via CNN
Lorraine Maradiaga, accused of threatening to spread coronavirus.

CARROLLTON, Texas -- An 18-year-old Texas woman was arrested earlier this week after she claimed to be "willfully spreading" coronavirus in a series of Snapchat videos, Carrollton police said.

Lorraine Maradiaga later told police she had tested negative for the virus, according to Carrollton police. Carrollton is about 20 miles north of Dallas.

More than a half-million people have tested positive for the virus in the U.S. and over 20,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the country.

Maradiaga is now being charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, and was transferred to Denton County Jail, police said.

Her bond has been set at $20,000. It's unclear if Maradiaga has an attorney.

"As a condition of her bond, Maradiaga is ordered to quarantine for 21 days upon date of release from custody as a precaution," police said in a news release.

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