More details are coming out after a Hardin County family went viral for not signing documents for self-isolation.
According to court records obtained by WQXE News, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department petitioned 9th Circuit court judge Ken Howard for an Order for Quarantine, which he granted on July 16th for Isaiah and Elizabeth Linscott, as well as their daughter. In the order, the court made several conclusions from the evidence they were presented, among these:
- The Lincoln Trail District Health Department had the authority to issue an order of quarantine to the family in question, and
- The court had both jurisdiction and power to issue the injunction compelling the family to comply with the order.
In the final paragraph of the document, it was ordered that the Lincoln Trail District Health Department would bear, “the logistical and financial responsibility for all necessary expenses related to the confinement or measures necessary to ensure compliance.” A third-party, Envivo Health, was responsible for the location monitors. This comes into direct conflict with widespread belief that the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, not the health department, was responsible for any tracking devices used for confinement.
The voluntary quarantine order, which was given to the family by the health department, was finally returned, with the recipients indicating that they declined the order. In various interviews, the mother reiterated the belief that she did not agree with the wording of the document. When the order was returned to officials, it was accompanied by a written statement:
“I will do my best to stay home, as I every other time I get sick. But I cannot comply to having to call the health department every time that I need to go out and do something. It’s my right and freedoms [sic] to go where I please and not have to answer to anyone for it. There is no pandemic and with a survival rate of 99.9998%, I’m fine. I will continue to avoid the elderly, just like PRIOR guidelines state, try to stay home, get rest, get medicine, and get better. I decline.”
The mother, Elizabeth Linscott, had tested positive for the virus around July 11th. It is possible that she had contracted the virus from attending church. In the court documents, the health department says the family’s church has seen 25 positive cases of COVID-19. The last in-person service was July 1st.