Mississippi residents who flout the state’s newly imposed order to isolate at home anyone infected with COVID-19 could face criminal charges and time behind bars.
The Mississippi State Department of Health issued an order Friday (PDF), with immediate effect, anyone infected with COVID-19, including those who have been fully vaccinated, is required to isolate for 10 days at home or at any other “suitable residential location”.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs wrote in the “isolation order” that “all persons living in Mississippi should immediately self-isolate at first knowledge of infection with COVID-19,” which would carry two levels of potential punishment. Notes – one as misdemeanor and the other as offence.
“Failure or refusal to comply with a lawful order of a health officer is, at the very least, a misdemeanor,” punishable with a $500 fine and/or six months in prison, Dobbs wrote in the order, “if a life-threatening Giving disease,” the charges could extend to a sentence of up to $5,000 and/or up to five years behind bars.
Dobbs wrote that infected people living in home isolation should avoid contact with other members of the household and wear a mask if it is unavoidable.
While a negative COVID-19 test is not required to end home isolation after 10 days, people must be fever free for at least 24 hours.
The move comes as Mississippi faces a surge in infections, due to the epidemic in hospitalizations and those in or near ICU beds, although daily deaths remain about half those at the peak of their pandemic, according to state health data.
Mississippi Health Officer have reported 7,249 new infections and 56 COVID-19 related deaths for the three-day period between August 20-22.
Hospitalized for COVID-19 in Mississippi were close to Their epidemic peaked on 22 August, with 1,563 patients with confirmed infections in hospital, 465 in the ICU and 329 on ventilators.
Short of beds, Mississippi officials moved in August to open a 50-bed field hospital in the parking garage of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, According to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.
Reeves said Aug 22 Tweet that a 23-person active-duty military COVID-19 response team arrived in Jackson on Saturday to supplement medical staffing.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times