Thursday, April 02, 2020
A state senator from Georgia who traveled to his Florida beach house to recuperate from a case of Covid-19 has headed home after the local sheriff called him "irresponsible" -- and assigned a police detail to enforce a two-week quarantine. Bruce Thompson, who represents Georgia's 14th state senate district, was hospitalised with symptoms of Covid-19 in mid-March. He spent several days in intensive care, and was at one point unable to breathe unassisted. ... It was after this that Mr Thompson went to his vacation home in Florida's Franklin County, despite restrictions on travel. Local residents, who are on orders to stay at home to help slow the virus's spread, raised the alarm with the authorities when they saw out-of-town visitors arriving in a convoy of three cars.
Shortly after [Franklin County sheriff A.J.] Smith assigned the police watch on the gated residence, Mr Thompson departed. As the Franklin County Sheriff's Office told the paper: "As a result of surveillance on Senator Bruce Thompson's residence on St. George Island, Senator Thompson called Sheriff A.J. Smith to advise he would return to Georgia."
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