Couple Placed on House Arrest After Refusing to Sign Self-Quarantine Order

July 21, 2020

    A Kentucky couple has been placed under house arrest following a positive COVID test.

    Elizabeth and Isaiah Linscott told NBC affiliate WAVE that the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department served them with stay-at-home orders and gave them ankle monitors after they refused to sign a Self-Isolation and Controlled Movement Agreed Order.

    It all started on July 11 when Elizabeth went to get tested so that she could safely visit her parents in Michigan. Despite exhibiting no symptoms, her test came back positive and she was contacted by Kentucky's Hardin County Health Department to sign paperwork that would require daily check-ins and not allow her to travel anywhere without approval first, according to ABC News.

    "I just didn't agree with the wording, because I know for a fact that if I signed it and I had an emergency it would have been held against me by not calling," she told the news station.“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,” she told WAVE.

    A few days later, law enforcement showed up at her doorstep.

    “I open up the door and there’s like eight different people,” Elizabeth recalled. “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."

    She noted that at no point did she refuse to self-quarantine, but she says that's what the Director of the Public Health Department told the judge. "That was not the case at all. I never said that," she explained.

    The couple was outfitted in ankle bracelets that would alert the department if they traveled more than 200 feet from home.

    “We didn’t rob a store. We didn’t steal something. We didn’t hit and run. We didn’t do anything wrong,” she explained.

    The Hardin County Sheriff's Office told ABC News that the notices are confidential and would not be making further comments. They also said they serve court orders on a daily basis. Many states, including Colorado and Hawaii, have approved the use of ankle monitors on people who refuse to quarantine.

    The couple, however, plans to hire an attorney.

    "We should not be put on an unlawful house arrest, this should not be happening to anybody," Elizabeth exclaimed.

    COVID cases in the United States are continuing to surge. According to CNN, at least 3,830,010 coronavirus cases have been identified.

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