Vigo Co. resident refuses to quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19; prosecutor’s office to file charges

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify differences in two cases and to explain one case more fully.

VIGO CO., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) There’s a case in Vigo County where someone has refused to quarantine after testing positive for COVID -19.

Vigo Co. deputy prosecutor Rob Roberts said Friday that the person was not going out into the public, but was apparently allowing people to come around them.

Charges are expected to be filed next week regarding a criminal investigation in a separate case. Family members of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 reported false information to investigators.

The prosecutor’s office reminded the public of the seriousness of these incidents.

“We’re taking it very seriously, because there are lives at stake,” Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said. “So we will continue to respond to the board of health when they provide us with reports and law enforcement provides us with reports where people are not following the governor’s orders.”

Modesitt said the current overcrowding at the Vigo County Jail is taken into consideration when his office files charges in any case. He noted the situation is frustrating for his office and for law enforcement.

Charges have also been filed in three recent incidents for people breaking the stay at home order, according to Modesitt. Each of those cases, however, stemmed from more serious crimes.

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