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A coronavirus patient was arrested Thursday after prosecutors said he jumped a fence and fled the Nashville Fairgrounds, where health officials are using enforceable quarantines in an attempt to control an outbreak at an emergency homeless shelter.
The Tennessean is not naming the man to protect his privacy and because the charge is a misdemeanor.
Health officials told the man he could not leave until he was cleared, but on Thursday he jumped a fence and headed north on Nolensville Road
Brian Todd, spokesman for the Metro Health Department, said that law empowers police to arrest anyone who violates an infectious disease quarantine.
Dr. Alex Jahangir, chairman of the city’s coronavirus task force...
“Everyone is entitled to come and go as they want, typically, but in the fairgrounds situation we wanted to make sure that people who are positive stayed in the ill parts of the shelter — period,” Jahangir said.
originally posted by: FauxMulder
a reply to: gladtobehere
Now inevitably the camp will up their security to prevent future escapes and become even more like a prison.
Sadly, there are a lot of people who would support this tyrannical crap. All because they are terrified.
originally posted by: gladtobehere
Stop. Just stop.
This is beyond Martial Law. These are internment prisons.
DO NOT try to justify this by saying its just for the homeless. Theres no clear evidence of that.
Nearly EVERY single violation of Constitutional rights begins with a demonized group before its rolled out to everyone else.
Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act grants the Surgeon General the power (since delegated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]) to apprehend, detain, or issue a conditional release for the purpose of preventing the introduction into the country, or the spread across state lines, of a quarantinable disease, as designated by executive order...
Despite their breadth, the federal and state quarantine powers are subject to important constitutional limitations.2 First, as Jew Ho affirmed, quarantines cannot be imposed in a racially invidious manner. Second, governments must have a strong basis for the restrictions. Looking to case law regarding civil commitment, many scholars and some lower courts have concluded that isolation and quarantine are constitutional only when the government can show by clear and compelling evidence that they are the least restrictive means of protecting the public’s health.