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Couple placed on house arrest for refusing to sign isolation order

A couple is reporting that they were placed on house arrest after refusing to sign the self-isolation document after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus.

The incident was reported in Radcliff, Kentucky around July 11th.

Elizabeth Linscott told reporters that she went to go get tested for the virus because she wanted to make sure she did not have it before visiting her grandparents. Linscott said that within a day she received her results saying that she was positive.

The health department then emailed her an isolation order to “prevent the introduction, transmission and spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus in this state.”

The form stated that Linscott would check in daily, self isolate and let officials know if she has to be treated at the hospital. It also stated that Linscott ” will not travel by any public, commercial or health care conveyance such as ambulance, bus, taxi, airplane, train or boat without the prior approval of the Department of Public Health.”

Linscott said that she was uncomfortable with that one sentence so she did not sign the isolation order:

“I could not comply to having to call the public health department prior if I had an emergency or I had to go pick something up for my child or myself as a necessity and could not wait,” Linscott said.

When Linscott refused to sign the form she was told that her case would be escalated. On July 16th the Hardin County Sheriff’s office then showed up to Linscott’s home and placed her and her husband under house arrest with ankle monitors, according to the report.

Hardin County Sheriff John Ward told reporters that this was the first time he and his office was tasked with something like this.

When reporters reached out to Lincoln Trail District Health Department spokeswoman Terrie Burgan about the incident she declined to comment due to privacy protocols.