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Kentucky couple under house arrest for refusing to sign quarantine papers

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Elizabeth Linscott tested positive for coronavirus in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend, but refused to sign papers saying that she would self-quarantine. Now, after an intervention from the police, she and her husband are under house arrest and have been fitted with ankle monitors that will alert law enforcement if they leave their home.

Lincott says that she wasn’t showing any symptoms when she got the test, but was planning to visit her parents and grandparents in Michigan. When her results came back positive, she claims that she and her husband agreed to self-quarantine, but disagreed with the wording of the documents that they were asked to sign. However, a simple verbal agreement to be safe wasn’t good enough for the health department.

“I had gotten a message from them, a text message that stated ‘Because of your refusal to sign, this is going to be escalated and law enforcement will be involved,’” Lincott told WAVE in Louisivlle. A few days later, members of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department met her husband Isaiah at the front door, and told the family that they had to wear ankle monitors that would notify police if they traveled more than 200 feet.

“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 they have three papers for us. For me, her and my daughter,” he said.

Lincott says that she and her family were being cautious, and weren’t at all refusing to quarantine, so these actions from law enforcement feel excessive.

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


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