A Kentucky couple has been placed under house arrest and fitted with ankle monitors after refusing to sign quarantine paperwork. Elizabeth Linscott was planning to visit her parents in Michigan and decided to get tested for COVID-19 as a precaution, even though she was not showing any symptoms.
When her test results came back positive, she was told by the Hardin County Health Department that she had sign forms agreeing to self-quarantine and notify them if she was going to leave her house for any reason.
While Linscott had every intention of self-quarantining, she was uncomfortable signing the forms.
When she refused to sign the paperwork, officials with the health department told her they were going to contact the police. A few days later, officers from multiple agencies showed up at their door.
"I open up the door, and there's like eight different people," Elizabeth's husband, Isaiah, told the news station. "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 he has three different papers for us. For me, her and my daughter."
Elizabeth and Isaiah were both fitted with ankle monitors and told they cannot go more than 200 feet from their home.
"We didn't rob a store, we didn't steal something, we didn't hit and run, we didn't do anything wrong," Elizabeth Linscott said.
The couple is planning to hire an attorney and said that health officials lied about their intentions not to quarantine.
"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 that was not the case at all," Linscott said. "I never said that."