Gov. Andy Beshear told law enforcement agencies to consider taking lawful action if citizens confirmed with COVID-19 refuse quarantine, according to Mayfield’s Police chief.
One week ago, as reported by CNN, a 53-year-old man in Nelson County, Kentucky refused to self-quarantine after being confirmed to have COVID-19.
After the Emergency Operations Center meeting Friday, MPD Chief Nathan Kent said, in that instance, the Nelson County Sheriff’s office consulted with their county attorney on what courses of action could be taken.
The Nelson County district judge wrote a court order for that individual to be quarantined in his own home. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office then posted deputies outside the man’s house to enforce the court order before the patient complied in the end.
Kent pointed out that this was not a criminal charge, but a court order.
“Ultimately, incarceration could be an option, but obviously it would be adverse to public health to introduce a patient known to have the virus into the jail,” he said. “I anticipate that we would follow the Nelson County pattern should we be faced with similar circumstances.”
There are still no confirmed cases in Graves County, as of Friday.
During the EOC meeting, Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry said that restrictions have been completely lifted at local food pantries and Need Line for those who need food.
Before, there were certain criteria that had to be met to receive food from either institution; however, within the past few days those restrictions had been lifted. Now there is only one form that needs to be filled out and it is to affirm that the food has gone out to the requester.
Anyone can order food if they need it, which can be delivered to homes or picked up at the pantry itself.
Local residents only need to call in and place the order.
Perry said that the pantries did express concerns over people trying to horde and taking more than they need. However, he said the pantries told him that if they see such behavior becoming a habit that they would decide what steps to take then.
He said it currently isn’t an issue and none have done it so far.
Perry added that having the restrictions lifted was a great boost for those in need in Graves County during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been a blessing,” he said.
Also at the EOC meeting, Emergency Management Director Tracy Warner said West Kentucky Community and Technical College is using its 3D printer to make face shields for Graves County. No exact amount or timeline was given for when they would be ready.