We are facing a national and worldwide crisis. Everyone has their own role to play in facing the challenges which we all must face to get through this crisis while trying to keep the loss of life at a minimum. Make no mistake many lives will be lost and hundreds of people are dying every day.
Recently, a man who was exposed to COVID-19 in Stamford left his place of self-quarantine and assaulted his girlfriend. By committing this act he placed his girlfriend, first responders, and court personnel at danger of contracting the virus. The Stamford Police are considering charging the man with the crime of reckless endangerment.
A person is guilty of reckless endangerment in the second degree in violation of Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-64 when they recklessly engage in conduct which creates a risk of harm to another person. Clearly, anyone who knowingly has been exposed to COVID-19 who goes around in public in defiance of stay at home orders could be charged with the crime of reckless endangerment. If you are sick with COVID-19 you should do everything in your power to not act recklessly and take care not to expose others to the virus if possible.
Elderly people and people with compromised health face very high mortality rates from this illness and we have to do everything in our power to prevent the spread of this illness. Please be responsible if you have been exposed to the virus and follow the CDC and your doctor’s guidelines to help protect others.
A pastor was just arrested yesterday for defying social distancing orders in Florida by holding church services on Sunday. The pastor was charged with unlawful assembly and violation of a public health emergency order for holding church services in defiance of the Governor of Florida’s order. Everyone loves church but it seems that holding a church service in the present environment is going to help spread the virus and cost more lives.
A man was arrested for coughing on someone and saying he had the COVOD-19 on a felony terrorism charge.
I predict that we are going to be reading about a lot more arrests in the coming weeks related to COVID-19.
The Legality of Quarantine Orders
The United States has plenary power to impose quarantine orders pursuant to the commerce clause of the constitution. Authority has been delegated to the CDC to promulgate quarantines to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses. At this juncture, the federal government has not issued any national quarantine related to COVID-19.
Governor Lamont’s Connecticut Stay At Home “Order”
At this point, there is no criminal penalty for violating Governor Lamont’s order that everyone must work from home except for essential businesses. If the crisis gets worse the Governor has the power to impose penalties for individuals who violate the stay at home order. Governor Lamont’s order has no teeth at this point but it seems that the vast majority of society is taking social distancing very seriously.
If we stand together as a nation during these difficult times we can prevail against this invisible killer. I pray for everyone’s health and safety and for the health of your families.