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Texas county says residents positive for COVID-19 who go out in public could be arrested

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 17:16:19-04

BROOKS COUNTY, TX — A Texas county has issued a warning to residents who test positive for COVID-19 that if they go out in public, they can be arrested.

In a Facebook post, Brooks County Attorney David T. Garcia said any person who has tested positive for the virus and has not subsequently tested negative must self-isolate until they receive negative test results.

Garcia said failure to do so could be seen as a violation of Texas Penal Code 22.05 (a) which states, "A person commits an offense if he recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury."

The victim does not have to contract the novel coronavirus, but just exposed to it without previous warning, according to the county attorney.

Residents who appear in public after testing positive can be arrested. However, there is an exception if residents are leaving their homes to receive medical care.

Garcia also asked anyone who may have been exposed without previous warning to contact any law enforcement agency or the Brooks County Attorney's Office.

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