Couple Who Refused to Sign Self-Quarantine Papers Forced to Wear Monitors

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A Kentucky couple has been put on "house arrest" after one of them tested positive for COVID-19 but refused to self-quarantine.

Elizabeth Linscott got tested for coronavirus last week before a trip to visit 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," Linscott said.

After she was confirmed positive, the local health department called her to sign documents agreeing to self-isolate. Linscott said no.  The documents asked that she check-in every day with her symptoms, self-isolate, and let officials know if she had to go to the hospital if she felt worse.

"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," she said.

Soon after, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department showed up and ordered the couple to wear ankle monitors and warned them if they traveled more than 200 feet, authorities would be notified. The couple says they never refused to self-quarantine -- they just didn't agree with the wording of the documents.

"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. For me, her and my daughter," her husband said.

The health department declined to comment.

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