A Kentucky man who tested positive for COVID-19 is being monitored by law enforcement after refusing to self-quarantine following his coronavirus diagnosis, in a move Gov. Andy Beshear (D) called "a step I hoped that I'd never have to take."
What are the details?
"We have had the first instance of an individual who has refused to self-isolate," Gov. Beshear announced during a press conference over the weekend, explaining, "We have taken the steps to force a[n] isolation that will be in their home."
The governor continued, "This is a Nelson County resident that has tested positive, left against medical advice, refused to self-quarantine. We have worked with the county judges and others — it's a step I hoped that I'd never have to take, but we can't allow one person who we know has this virus to refuse to protect their neighbors."
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a Nelson County judge-executive declared "a state of emergency in order to invoke a little-known status that allow[ed] him to force a 'self-isolation or quarantine'" on the patient, who is reportedly a 53-year-old man who tested positive at University of Louisville.
According to the New York Post, "Law enforcement officers are now stationed outside the infected man's home to make sure he does not leave and spread the potentially deadly virus."
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Kentucky currently has 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and like other states and countries has issued a series of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, including the closure of all schools and requesting hospitals to cease all elective procedures.
Gov. Beshears told Kentuckians at the Saturday presser, "This, right now, certainly is us against the coronavirus. And we all need from people — we've gotta follow these guidelines. We need everybody's help to do it."
He added, "We are part of Team Kentucky. We need everybody out there to be a good teammate."