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A Kentucky couple is under house arrest and forced to wear ankle monitors after they declined to sign COVID-19 self-quarantine paperwork from the local health department.
If they go more than 200 feet from their home, cops — who obviously have better things to do — get alerted.
The couple intended to comply with a stay-at-home requirement; they just disagreed with the language contained in the Hardin County Health Department “Self-isolation and Controlled Movement Agreed Order.”
After a warning that the situation could escalate, health officials and sheriff’s deputies subsequently showed up at their front door in Radcliff, Ky., near Louisville, and a court order apparently followed.
The couple are now considering legal action.
The controversy got its start when Elizabeth Linscott and her family were headed to Michigan to visit her parents, and as a precaution, she decided to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test.
“My grandparents wanted to see me, too. So just to make sure if I tested negative, then they would be okay, everything would be fine.”
Linscott tested positive, although she is asymptomatic.
The unsigned document in question that followed the positive test result apparently required her to call the health department first if she went anywhere.
“Elizabeth said she declined to sign the order because it meant she would have to wait and contact officials before seeking urgent medical treatment if she became very sick with the deadly virus,” the Daily Mail explained.
“But Linscott said she would take necessary precautions if she needed to go to the hospital, like letting workers know she has recently tested positive for COVID-19,” WAVE reported.
Linscott implied that authorities overreacted plus allegedly misrepresented the situation in court because the family never intended to circumvent the requirement to self isolate. They just objected to the restrictive wording in the health department paperwork.
“We didn’t rob a bank, we didn’t rob a store, we didn’t steal something, we didn’t do anything wrong.
“That’s exactly what the director of the public health department told the judge, that I was refusing to self-quarantine because of this and that was not the case at all. I never said that.”
The court system ordinarily uses ankle monitors on those charged with felonies who are considered a flight risk, but all bets are off in the pandemic overreach.
The Hardin County Sheriff said “that his office assisted health department officials in executing court documents from a Hardin County Circuit Court judge. He said it was the first time his office executed such an order.”
Some Twitter users concluded that this action was a violation of the couple’s civil liberties. Here’s a sample.
The lesson here is to not get tested unless you have symptoms. You might be put under house arrest as the Health Department sees fit.
— Larry Korn (@realLarryKorn) July 19, 2020
How can they do that? House arrest? These are the quiet assaults on our civil liberties we are supposed to ignore
— ‘Merica (@Hawkrules40) July 19, 2020
Health Dept should never get that kind of power ever!
— Shawn Janneck (@PrinceofDeath86) July 19, 2020
That’s crazy and so wrong for them to do such for a couple. They weren’t refusing to Quarantine they just don’t like the wording of the documents. I would be the same way I am not going to ask permission to go to the doctor.
— Carson Green (@the_synnovator) July 19, 2020
Are we now living in China as this is the kind of crap they do🇺🇸🇺🇸, something’s not right here
— tami (@tami04527232) July 20, 2020
That is unlawful. Lawyer up.
— Ryan Rogusky (@RRogusky) July 20, 2020
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