Kentucky Family Placed on House Arrest for Believing They Lived in Free Country

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. — A Kentucky couple was placed under house arrest after one of them tested positive for COVID-19 and refused to sign self-quarantine papers.

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Elizabeth Linscott told WAVE 3 that she got tested for the virus because she was planning to go visit her family in Michigan.

“My grandparents wanted to see me, too, so, just to make sure that you know, if I tested negative, that they would be okay, everything would be fine,” said Linscott.

After testing positive for coronavirus, Elizabeth said the health department contacted her and requested that she sign the documents, even though she wasn’t showing any symptoms.

“Pretty much it was I agreed to consent to. I agreed to comply to call the Health Department if I was to go. I was to call the Health Department if I was to leave my house for any reason,” Linscott said.

Elizabeth said she chose not to sign the documents.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office showed up at the Linscotts home and ordered the couple to wear ankle monitors.

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“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, said Isaiah Linscott. For me, her and my daughter.”

The couple was told if they travel more than 200 feet, law enforcement would be notified.

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

The couple said they never denied self-quarantining, they just didn’t agree with the wording of the documents.

Elizabeth said the director of the public health department told a judge that she refused to self-quarantine.

She said even without the ankle monitor she planned to be cautious.

Elizabeth said if she needs medical attention, she would have let healthcare workers know she was infected with the virus.

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