Louisville placing ankle monitors on residents exposed to coronavirus who won't stay home

Some individuals who refuse to adhere to quarantine rules after exposure to coronavirus have been fitted with ankle monitors.

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April 4, 2020 - 2:32pm

Some residents of Louisville, Kentucky's largest city, have been fitted with GPS tracking bracelets after refusing to stay at home following exposure to the coronavirus. The city is threatening to charge them criminally if they leave their houses before their mandatory isolation has expired. 

Local officials have been working to contain the spread of the disease, which has been confirmed in more than 800 residents in Kentucky.

Three residents of a single household in Louisville were ordered to self-quarantine for at least a week after one of the inhabitants tested positive for the disease. When they refused, the city clamped ankle monitors to them in order to track their whereabouts. 

Another resident tested positive for the disease yet nevertheless went out shopping. He too was placed under house arrest. 

The state has clamped down on numerous aspects of public life as the numbers have continued to rise. Schools are closed through at least the month of April, while "non-essential" businesses have been ordered to shut down. Those who come from out-of-state are required to quarantine themselves for two weeks upon arrival. 

The state will also be releasing nearly 200 prisoners next week on commuted sentences, an effort numerous other municipalities have taken to help prevent a prison outbreak of the disease. 

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