Couple Put Under House Arrest After Testing Positive For Covid-19 And Refusing To Sign Quarantine Order
A couple from Kentucky have been placed under house arrest and forced to wear electronic tags after they refused to sign a self-quarantine order following a positive coronavirus test in their household.
Elizabeth and Isaiah Linscott said that representatives of the health authorities and police department showed up at her house in Radcliff after she refused to sign the order following a voluntary Covid-19 test.
She had been tested in advance of a trip to her parents' house outside of the state and was found to be positive, but without any symptoms.
That meant that she was asked to sign a self-quarantine order ensuring that her family would remain in their house while the virus passed through her system.
She declined on the grounds that she would have been forced to wait and contact officials if she required emergency medical treatment as a result of the virus.
As a result, they've been placed under house arrest - which is the same as self-quarantine, when you think about it - and forced to wear electronic tags that alert the authorities to their whereabouts.
She explained: "My part was if I have to go to the ER, if I have to go to the hospital, I'm not going to wait to get the approval to go."
Elizabeth went on to say that she'd only been for a test to check that it was safe to go visit her parents and grandparents.
She continued: "My grandparents wanted to see me, too.
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"So just to make sure if they tested negative, that they would be OK, everything would be fine."
Once the positive test came back, the health officials got in touch to ask her to sign the order effectively banning her from attending the emergency room without first contacting them.
She refused, but the authorities weren't finished there.
Speaking to local news station WAVE3, her husband Isaiah said: "I open up the door and there's like eight different people.
"Five different cars and I'm like, 'What the heck's going on?' This guy's in a suit with a mask, it's the health department guy and he has three different papers for us. For me, her and my daughter."
Elizabeth continued: "We didn't rob a store, we didn't steal something, we didn't hit and run, we didn't do anything wrong."
She argued that they had no intention of defying quarantine, just that she didn't want to sign the order.
Elizabeth added: "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."
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