Georgia Man Refuses to Quarantine After COVID-19 Diagnosis

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a  Georgia man refused to self-quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to officials.

“This male went out into the public endangering citizens after being told to stay inside,” the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Sunday. The man is now in the hospital.

A judge had to step in after the man’s girlfriend did the exact same thing as her boyfriend, according to the sheriff’s office. Officials said the girlfriend refused to be tested for the virus.

“An order was signed by a judge for her to stay quarantined but she refused to comply,” the sheriff’s office said.

The girlfriend was taken to a hospital Sunday, though her admission has not been linked to coronavirus.

“It is vital that citizens who are diagnosed with or are exposed to this virus do the right thing and self quarantine,” Chief Deputy Joel McSwain said in the Facebook post. “If you go out, you could infect others who have to be out working. We must protect our citizens.”

It is not clear if the couple will face any consequences.