Deputies Stationed At Virus Patient's Home After He Walked Off From Hospital
Nelson County, KY – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has ordered Nelson County sheriff’s deputies to ensure that a resident diagnosed with COVID-19 doesn’t leave his home.
Beshear said that the 53-year-old man’s defiance resulted in the need to “force a self-isolation,” WDRB reported.
"It's a step I hoped that I never had to take, but we can't allow one person — who we know has this virus — to refuse to protect their neighbors," the governor said during a press conference on Saturday.
The ill patient left an area hospital against medical advice and initially claimed that he lived in another county, WDRB reported.
He refused to self-quarantine, but became cooperative after law enforcement became involved, Nelson County Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa said.
The man is now self-quarantined inside his Nelson County home, and deputies are stationed outside around the clock.
Sheriff Pineiroa said that deputies will remain on guard outside the residence indefinitely, WDRB reported.
"This is about us. It's not about I," Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts told the news outlet. "We are a community, and you need to keep your community safe. You need to keep your family safe, so quarantine is a must, and if we have to, we'll do it by force."
Beshear said that it is important to “be a good neighbor” as everyone works to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Do the right thing,” the governor said. “That’s all we’re asking of people.”
Kentucky had 18 coronavirus cases as of Monday, and were awaiting test results from more that 24 additional patients, the Associated Press reported.
Kentucky’s 172 school districts have all suspended their in-person classes for at least the next two weeks.
Beshear has also urged child care centers to be ready to close their doors within the next three days.
“We just have to do what it takes to lessen the spread of this coronavirus and I don’t want to be the governor that waits two weeks too late to take some of those steps,” he said, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.