Michigan: County Health Department Threatens ‘Protective Custody’ for Parents and Children

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The Allegen County Health Department issued a letter on August 27, 2021 to notify parents if their children had close contact with another child who tested positive for Covid-19 and they were ordered to home quarantine for 10 to 14 days. If they did not comply, they were told that the parent or the child could be taken into “protective custody” to “protect public health”. When parents pushed back, the Health Department revised its letter to omit mention of arresting parents and taking children into custody but it still outlines quarantining procedures. -GEG

A Michigan County health department has revised its COVID guidance letter to parents that originally threatened to arrest them and take their children if the department deemed them a threat to public health.

Allegan County Health Department faced swift backlash after sending notices last week to parents of children exposed to COVID-19 threatening quarantine measures under penalty of arrest.

“In light of the recent questions received and concerns expressed, the quarantine letters have been amended to place greater focus on the educational element and actions that are necessary to be followed, while still maintaining the required language that is mandated to be included,” the Allegan County Health Department stated on Saturday.

The original letter told parents the following:

“If you fail to take the actions prescribed in this warning notice, the Allegan County Health Department shall petition the circuit court to seek an order to compel your compliance, which may result in you being taken into protective custody to protect the public’s health.”

“The department said the letters were meant to teach what the symptoms of COVID-19 are, inform them that they need to quarantine, ensure basic needs of the person quarantining are being met, provide documentation for work or school, and are required to be sent by the state of Michigan public health code,” News Channel 3 reported.

Parents said the letter was threatening and intimidating.

“It feels very threatening to receive a letter like that…to get a letter like this, a warning notice from the health department that if you fail to comply to their order that your son or daughter could be taken away from you,” said Jeff Koons, parent of a Wayland Union middleschooler.

The revised letter no longer includes references to arresting parents and taking children into protective custody, but still outlines quarantining procedures.

The Allegan County Health Department only revised the letter due to major pushback from the parents, illustrating their important role in defusing the newfound tyranny amassed by government officials to wield over children.

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