The county of Texas threatens to arrest everyone with a positive coronavirus test that does not isolate itself
A Texas county threatens to arrest anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus and who does not isolate themselves for the required 14 days because they are recklessly endangering another person’s life.
Brooks County reported 11 cases on Wednesday morning, but as COVID-19 continues to rise in the state, authorities announced it was taking no chances when it came to narrowing the spread.
On Saturday, when there were 10 cases and four people recovered from the virus, Brooks County Attorney David T. Garcia warned that anyone who does not remain quarantined until they test negative violates the Texas Penal Code 22.05.
The code states that “a person commits an offense if he recklessly engages in conduct that puts another person in immediate danger of serious bodily injury.”
A man wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign Tuesday that requires masks at a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas
Brooks County attorney David T. Garcia warned when coronavirus cases in Texas increased that ‘appearing in public after testing’ positive ‘, EXCEPT getting medical care, could lead to your arrest.’
Texas reported more than 10,000 new cases on Tuesday. On Wednesday, there were 210,585 cases and 2,715 deaths
Garcia’s post on Facebook warned that the potential victim should not “get COVID-19, but simply be exposed to it without prior warning.”
“Appearing in public after testing ‘positive’, EXCEPT for medical care, could lead to your arrest,” the statement said. “Victims of this type of exposure should contact a law enforcement agency or the Brooks County Attorney’s Office.”
Brooks County also fines $ 1,000 for anyone who fails to comply with a facial mask mandate. The same goes for anyone who has violated a curfew.
The province of South Texas has a total of 18 cases of coronavirus, but hospitals are flooded with patients in the nearby major cities of San Antonio, Austin and Houston. Statewide, Texas reported more than 10,000 new cases on Tuesday.
It has soared past 8,000 nationwide hospital admissions during the long holiday weekend – more than fourfold compared to the past month.
On Tuesday, the number of hospital admissions rose above 9,000.
There are 11 cases of coronavirus in Brooks County, but in the nearby major cities of San Antonio, Austin and Houston, hospitals are overwhelmed with patients
Governor Abbott has ordered that people wear a mask in public, but if they refuse to do this on their own, they cannot end up in jail, some sheriffs have noted. Some authorities use the Texas Penal Code and the Texas Health and Safety Code to demonstrate that failure to follow social distance guidelines puts people at “risk of serious injury”
Texas also set a new high for one-day deaths at 60. The number of infections is likely to be much higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest that people can be infected without feeling sick.
“If you go out to endanger other people, and we find out, we’ll prosecute you,” Garcia told KIII. “People have not really embraced the dangers of COVID-19. It’s dangerous. It kills people and it makes people very sick. So do it because you are concerned about others or do it because you will be punished if you don’t. ‘
However, some sheriffs refuse to maintain Governor Greg Abbot’s mandate to wear a mask in public in counties where there are 20 or more cases.
“The language in the governor’s command may subject our agency, and Montgomery County as a whole, to civil liability, since the occurrence of arrest of an subject on the matter pertaining to the subject may be constructed or mistaken constructed as a detention, “said a release from the Sheriff’s Office in Montgomery County.
“Detaining someone for the purpose of issuing a quote related to a fine is a legally defined detention under current Texas law.
“We are in a public health crisis and we will take this opportunity to educate our community with respect for individual freedoms. Let’s work together to ensure that Montgomery County remains a safe place to live and work. We encourage all citizens to take reasonable precautions in their own lives to limit potential exposure by following all health department guidelines. ‘
People protesting mandates to wear masks during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Austin, Texas on June 28
COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing will be conducted Tuesday at a converted vehicle inspection station in San Antonio. The city of Loredo on the border with Mexico cited the Texas Health and Safety Code, said it is prepared to issue subpoenas to anyone who refuses to cooperate with contact tracers
“The warrant is not a law, there is no requirement for a police officer to enforce it and it is not enforceable,” Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree wrote on Facebook Friday. “We can’t spend our time running from place to place for calls about masks that we really can’t help.”
Some authorities circumvent it by encouraging others to report their exposure to the virus.
The city of Loredo – the “gateway to Mexico” – said that “asymptomatic household members will not leave their home until the household member who has tested positive no longer needs to isolate” and failure to do so is a criminal offense.
Referring to section 81.085 (h) of the Texas Health and Safety Code, City Manager adviser Robert A. Eads warns that “ a person commits an offense if the person knowingly neglects or refuses a rule, order, or instruction from the department or an order or instruction from a health authority, issued under a section rule and published during an area quarantine under this section. ‘
The city is also willing to issue subpoenas to force any person who has tested positive to refuse to cooperate with contact tracers who want to interview them to determine who else they came in contact with and could be at risk for SARS- CoV to spread -2 ‘, according to a press release Monday.
The offense is a third-degree offense.
As of Monday, 2,600 cases have been reported in Texas and there are 36 deaths from COVID-19. On Wednesday, there were 210,585 cases and 2,715 deaths. There were 99,385 estimated active cases.
Deaths remain lower in Texas compared to other major states. But the number of fatalities has risen in recent days, and in addition to an alarming acceleration in new cases in Texas, the seven-day number of infections has risen to 13.5%.
Mark Keough, a judge in Montgomery County, said he was disappointed that people had to wear masks in public.
“I am amazed and deeply disappointed by the governor’s decision to remove the self-government and personal responsibility of the people of the state of Texas,” Keough said in a Facebook video last Thursday.
In particular, I can identify and certainly sympathize with those of you who have already put into practice the CDC guidelines we’ve heard about for months and months. That said, the governor has a broad authority assigned to him by the Texas Legislature for emergencies. Although he is now allowed to act with this royal authority, which angers all patriots, he is still the governor. So until those broad powers have changed, we are here today. ‘