Deputies Standing Watch Outside Home of Patient Who Wouldn't Quarantine

Kentucky man diagnosed with coronavirus initially refused to remain in isolation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2020 7:40 PM CDT
Deputies Standing Watch Outside Home of Patient Who Wouldn't Quarantine
Lee Norman, Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary, discusses with Mary Beverly, interim director of Johnson County's health agency, 3 confirmed cases of coronavirus that appeared in patients in Johnson County, during a press conference March 12, 2020 at KDHE headquarters in Topeka.   (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

A Kentucky man diagnosed with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 refused to stay inside—so now deputies are stationed outside his Nelson County home. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Saturday that authorities had to "force a self-isolation," per WDRB. "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," he said at the time, noting that officials worked with county judges to enforce the order.

"We're going to be out here 24/7 for two weeks," Nelson County Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa told the Kentucky Standard that same day. Authorities have since said the 53-year-old man, who sources say got tested at a Louisville hospital Friday and then left against medical advice, is now cooperating with the quarantine, but deputies will remain outside his home. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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