MISSISSIPPI (NewsNation Now)— Those who violate a COVID-19 quarantine could face five years in jail or a $5,000 fine as the state attempts to contain a delta variant-fueled COVID-19 spike.
The Mississippi State Health Department order requires anyone with a positive test must remain in residential isolation until their symptoms have cleared and they show no signs of fever.
The order – directed to “All Physicians, Hospitals, ERs, ICPs, NPs, and Healthcare Providers Statewide” – reads in part.
“If a life-threatening disease is involved, failure or refusal to obey the lawful order of a health officer is a felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.00 or imprisonment for up to five years or both (41-23-2)”
A negative test result is not required to end isolation, but individuals must be fever-free for 24 hours and display improved symptoms.
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