Sheriff Issues Statement on Health Board ‘Forced’ Quarantine Proposal
It's causing quite the stir in our region and around the state.
BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF ISSUES STATEMENT ON BOARD OF HEALTH PROPOSAL
Benton County Sheriff Steve Croskrey has issued a statement after his department received a ton of calls and inquiries from area citizens about a Washington State Health Board proposal. HIs statement is further down in the story.
The Board will be holding a day-long meeting and taking public input and comments Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. According to their agenda, the public comment section is slated to begin at 1:30 PM.
Croskrey's statement stems from a proposal to add COVID-19 to the list of diseases that could potentially result in an involuntary quarantine for a person or persons.
QUARATINE-INVOLUNTARY QUARANTINE HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS SINCE 2003
people are VERY wary of the state's actions behind the scenes. This is the same Health Department that was outed for reporting gunshot victims as COVID deaths in 2020.
The Washington Administrative Code, or WAC, are laws and regulations for state agencies, such as the Department of Health. WAC 246-100-045 deals with quarantine for deadly and easily transmitted diseases. The Board is considering adding COVID-19 to the official list of such diseases.
The proposal that has people concerned is WAC 246-100-040. These are part of 045, the 'doomsday' rules, and also have been on the books since 2003. These are the rules that would allow a County Health Officer to enlist the services of local law enforcement to force a quarantine for a person or persons who refuse to do it themselves--provided they've been diagnosed with a disease on the list.
WHY ARE CITIZENS VERY UPSET OVER THIS?
Given the heavy-handed and executive-order-laden COVID policy (forced business lockdowns, distance learning, the infamous "snitch list" where people could report non-compliant businesses, and more) people are VERY wary of the state's actions behind the scenes. This is the same Health Department that was outed for reporting gunshot victims as COVID deaths in 2020.
There is concern if COVID is added to the WAC, there could be potential for misuse by officials.
The Board of Health issued a statement Tuesday saying they are NOT going to take any formal action on either this or the adding of COVID to mandatory child vaccines at this hearing Wednesday.
SHERIFF CROSKREY'S STATEMENT
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