Deputies Stationed At Virus Patient's Home After He Walked Off From Hospital

Holly Matkin

"It's a step I hoped that I never had to take," Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said.

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.

Comments (17)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Interesting.... do the rights of a single individual outweigh the safety of and health of the general public? The man is a walking public health emergency, and I think the state is well within it's rights to enforce a quarantine period on him until he is no longer a threat to the public.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Covid-19 is 100% BS. The only thing out of control and needs containment is the media propaganda hype. The owners of the world are laughing their asses off. People get sick, all the damn time. The numbers don't substantiate a pandemic. It's a non-event inflated by the radical communists. It has many many purposes, one of which is to effect the voting poles.

JBoH
JBoH

I gotta say...if a person who KNOWS that he has the coronavirus, ignores quarantine instructions, ignores doctor's orders, just decides to go out and share the disease with everyone in his community and decides to knock on my door...coronavirus won't be his primary concern.

ObiRon
ObiRon

This is ridiculous. We are way beyond containment at this point and to think we aren't is foolishness. Not only that but the effects of this particular strain of virus are no greater than any other flu. In fact many have likely had the virus and have recovered already without even realizing it. Those people aren't getting tested to find out if they once had it. I'm sure the numbers of infected would skyrocket if that were the case. The fear mongering is out of control.

Berniejugs1
Berniejugs1

Stupidity is what causes others to worry

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Did they take his firearms away for the duration of the enforced quarantine?

bryantrent
bryantrent

Scary


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