Kentucky couple under house arrest after one tests positive for coronavirus

Hardin County, Ky., placed a couple under house arrest when one of them refused to sign an isolation order after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Elizabeth Linscott told a local NBC affiliate that she tested positive but did not show any symptoms, and that the county health department contacted her to ask her to sign documents agreeing to call them if she left her house.

When she declined to sign, “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,” she told the outlet.

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Last Thursday, Linscott’s husband, Isaiah, said, the sheriff’s department visited the house.

“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?’ ” he told the station. “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.”

A court ordered the couple to wear ankle monitors which will notify law enforcement if they travel more than 200 feet. The Linscotts have argued they never refused to self-quarantine, but rather that they did not agree with the wording of the document.

“And, 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 I’m like that’s not the case at all. I never said that,” Elizabeth Linscott said.

"On Thursday July 16, 2020, The Hardin County Sheriff delivered Notices of Orders to Isolate and Quarantine as directed by the Court, just as we deliver thousands of Court Notices each month as part of our duties as the Sheriff's Office," the Hardin County Sheriff's Office said in a statement to The Hill.
 
"The Hardin County Sheriff's Office did not install location monitoring devices on anyone in Hardin County. We have no open cases, nor have we had any cases, involving the enforcement of a failure to isolate for positive COVID-19 testing," the sheriff's office added.

Kentucky has conformed more than 23,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 700 deaths as of Monday, including 979 cases Sunday, its largest single-day increase. Of these, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) said, 30 of the cases were children aged 5 or younger.