The Washington State Board of Health claimed online misinformation fueled rumors that the far-left state might be considering internment camps for the unvaccinated, similar to those already in place for a handful of authoritarian countries.
“The Board is not voting to change isolation or quarantine policies at its meeting on Jan. 12,” said a statement by the board that sought to clarify the confusion. “The Board is continuing a November 2021 rules hearing on the proposed rule changes.”
Instead the board will discuss “changes to existing legislation regarding HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and blood-borne pathogens by modernizing standards of care, testing, and information,” said local KHQ TV News.
Some conservative media noted that the state already has a law that empowers it to detain individuals and groups involuntarily in the interest of maintaining public health.
Reports speculated that the board’s discussion would amend the law to “to authorize the involuntary detainment of residents as young as 5 years old in Covid-19 ‘internment camps’ for failing to comply with the state’s experimental vaccine mandate,” said the Gateway Pundit.
A retired police chief publishing under the name “Jim Patrick” wrote a follow-up piece for Law Enforcement Today that likewise sounded the alarms of an authoritarian power grab by unelected health bureaucrats.
“Under the measure, local health officials would be given ‘at his or her sole discretion’ the ability to ‘issue an emergency detention order causing a person or group of persons to be immediately detained for purposes of isolation or quarantine,’” Patrick wrote.
Although the Washington State Board of Health denied the allegation, that doesn’t mean that quarantine camps won’t happen in the state.
Radical leftist Gov. Jay Inslee has long signaled his support for aggressive quarantine measures and other mandates.
Following the rumors about the state Board of Health, some also noted that in September a listing had run in official job notices for a “strike team” coordinator.
While mandatory COVID isolation imposed at the federal level might run afoul of the US Constitution, a recent USA Today fact-check on quarantine camps observed that it did not preclude the possibility of states implementing their own confinement policies.
“The CDC does retain the authority to ‘detain, medically examine, and release persons arriving into the United States and traveling between states who are suspected of carrying these communicable diseases’ but forced isolation or quarantine is typically undertaken by individual states, not by federal agencies,” it said.
Few Americans would have thought it possible two year ago, when the virus first arrived, that officials would even humor the thought of such draconian restrictions.
But the spread of mass formation psychosis and other psychological warfare has now helped to prime COVID-weary citizens for the possibility that no inalienable rights or freedoms are sacred during the current state of permanent emergency.
In Australia, there are mandatory supervised quarantine camps that confine unvaccinated citizens who are required to pay as much is $2,500 for a 14-day quarantine.
In November, three Australians were arrested while trying to escape from a camp in Darwin.
“All three tested negative for Covid on Tuesday and have now been taken into custody,” said the Guardian. “Earlier, police said the trio allegedly jumped the fence at the Centre for National Resilience just before 4.40am.”
China has also constructed massive quarantine facilities that can hold up to 10,000 people in 20 separate rooms as they prepare for any outbreak that might ruin the Olympics.
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“China is asking city governments to create specialized quarantine facilities that can house thousands of overseas arrivals, as the country continues to take a zero-tolerance approach to keeping out Covid-19,” said Bloomberg.
Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.