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February 15, 2022 - 9:09pm

Jacobs opposes proposed state rule on isolation and quarantine for communicable diseases

posted by Press Release in NY-27, news, Chris Jacobs.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) submitted a comment to the New York State Department of Health in opposition to the proposed rule I.D. No. HLT-50-21-0002-EP, pertaining to Investigation, Isolation, and Quarantine for communicable diseases.

“As this proposed rule is written, it could give local health officials the power to remove individuals from their homes and place them in a government-controlled quarantine facility if they are simply exposed to COVID-19 or other communicable diseases,” Jacobs said. “Not only is this blatantly authoritarian, but it is an affront to the individual freedoms and liberties of each and every New Yorker. As other states move to end COVID-19 restrictions, New York State is actively working to assume more power over residents’ lives and implement policies that violate their constitutional rights – I strongly oppose any such measure.”\

Jacobs full comment, submitted to the New York State Department of Health – Bureau of Program Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, can be read here:

Dear Ms. Ceroalo,

I urge you to not to adopt the above-referenced proposed regulation relating to investigation, isolation, and quarantine in response to an outbreak of communicable disease. This proposed regulation is both unnecessary and contrary to the established laws of New York State.

The regulation as currently drafted gives state and local health officials the power to remove residents from their homes and place them in a government-controlled facility. It includes not only people who are confirmed infected with COVID-19, but also covers people simply exposed to COVID-19. We are almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and there are very few instances of New York State, or any state for that matter, forcibly quarantining people outside their homes. Circumstances have not changed so that they must do so now. There is no evidence that this policy if implemented would even have any effect on the spread of communicable diseases. The notice of rulemaking does not cite any scientific evidence to support this policy, and only refers generally to the spread of COVID-19 as justification for the regulation’s necessity.

The regulation is also a plain violation of New Yorkers’ freedoms and New York State law. Because the rulemaking covers people who are even only potentially exposed, the regulation can affect almost every New Yorker. The notice of rulemaking cites Section 225 of the Public Health Law. This is an extremely broad reading of the law. Under the State’s interpretation, there is virtually no limit to what the Department of Health can do. Furthermore, it is simply wrong for the government to remove individuals from their homes based on a temporary medical condition. We are a country and a state that prizes individual freedom and respects due process. This regulation flouts both of those values.

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Thank you Congressman Jacobs for your attempt to protect our rights! It is absolutely incredible what this current administration will think of next! I can only hope that the American people have had enough and every single age appropriate person gets out to vote next election!

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Hmmm. What if it was bubonic plague, ebola or smallpox? Did Congressman Panderer consider that?

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C.M., if it to protect us from Ebola or TB or Smallpox, why did the progressives wait until now? This is just a power grab.

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I can't comment on the timing. I can only guess that the COVID pandemic directed focus on areas in need of redress. I couldn't cross-reference the identifying number cited in Jacob's press release, but I am attaching a link to the proposal which seems to be the one in question, and it does NOT name COVID, specifically. It addresses "highly contagious communicable diseases." See for yourself: https://regs.health.ny.gov/sites/default/files/proposed-regulations/Inve...

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