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State Supreme Court judge rules New York’s isolation, quarantine procedure violates constitution

A State Supreme Court judge in Western New York has ruled New York’s COVID-19 isolation and quarantine procedures are not constitutional.

Opponents argued that the state health department’s new rule violates due process.

In this case, it refers to those who were involuntarily confined.


Here’s what the state’s rule says:

“Whenever appropriate to control the spread of a highly contagious communicable disease, the state health commissioner may issue and or direct local health officials to issue isolation and-or quarantine orders.”

Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald Ploetz called it ‘lip service’ to constitutional process.

It’s unclear at this stage whether the state will appeal that decision.



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