Morris County Resident Seeks Clarification On Quarantine/Isolation Letters
A Morris County resident has challenged the status of quarantine documents sent by the Morris County Health Department following the resident’s recent receipt of such a letter.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the resident stated that they had “been keeping my eye on several different counties in Kansas and how the various health departments were issuing illegal quarantine letters for months.”
Quarantine and isolation orders have been a common theme across the country during 2020 and into 2021 as one tool in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These orders, issued by local health officers and health departments across the state, inform residents that there is “reason to believe that you may have been infected with COVID-19,” followed by the reason or reasons the person is believed to be infected. The letters then order a period of quarantine or isolation, stating the terms of the quarantine or isolation period and include the pursuant portion of Kansas law, K.S.A. 65-129c, which details the rights of Kansas residents regarding quarantines.
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