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Thursday, May 25, 2023

A woman with an untreated infectious case of tuberculosis and a months-old civil warrant out for her arrest continues to evade the sheriff's department in Tacoma, Washington, drawing local frustration.



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... On Friday, the woman failed to show up to yet another court hearing, to which she has been summoned on a roughly monthly basis since January 2022. That's when the county health department began using court orders to try to compel her to get her deadly respiratory infection treated and/or remain in isolation to protect the public until she is no longer infectious.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Philip Sorensen ruled once again Friday that the woman"known only by the initials "V.N." in court documents"was in contempt of those court orders. Sorensen had initially issued a civil arrest warrant on March 2, 2023, ordering her to involuntary detention for testing and treatment. He extended the warrant Friday.

In an opinion piece on Saturday, Matt Driscoll, the opinion editor for local outlet The News Tribune, wrote that the situation has "far surpassed" the "point of ridiculousness." Driscoll called out local law enforcement for not apprehending the woman after lengthy efforts to get her to comply with health measures and nearly three months after Sorensen issued the arrest warrant.

"[T]he time for excuses has passed," he wrote, calling the woman's case "a unique and potentially dangerous rarity that Pierce County's public health system and the courts provide a remedy for." ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-05-25 01:15 AM | Reply

She needs the Typhoid Mary treatment.

#2 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2023-05-25 07:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why are they not saying her name? Its a public health crisis.
I bet she's a vaccine denier and a Trumper.

#3 | Posted by a_monson at 2023-05-25 07:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Why are they not saying her name? Its a public health crisis.
I bet she's a vaccine denier and a Trumper.

#4 | Posted by a_monson at 2023-05-25 07:56 AM | Reply

Frankly, I wish it would put her in the hospital and it would be a case of too bad, so sad but the damage is done. People like this are idiots.

Probably not saying her name due to HIPAA and talking about her health but it should be a court case of public record now with an open arrest warrant.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2023-05-25 10:22 AM | Reply

Umm if the police can't find her, doesn't that sort of imply she is isolated? Perhaps leaving her alone is the safest course of action.

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2023-05-25 10:29 AM | Reply

Ahh, now I see, LE was surveilling her but didn't arrest her.

Good job cops

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2023-05-25 10:31 AM | Reply

Searched their open arrest warrants."">Washington State Open Arrest Warrants. That is where the Pierce county page takes you.

Interestingly, I cannot find a V.N. Only person close is an N.V. - Name: WARD VAZQUEZ, NICOLE / DOC Number: 418673 wanted for "Assault, Other"

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2023-05-25 01:15 PM | Reply

They should just put out advertisements for anybody that wants to be legally declared a free person on the land and watch all the criminals that come waddling in the door including her.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2023-05-25 02:37 PM | Reply

Wish they could publish her name, so she could be turned in for treatment.

#10 | Posted by byrdman at 2023-05-26 10:02 AM | Reply


#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2023-05-26 10:22 AM | Reply

I would think that the need to know that she has TB which is highly contagious outwieghs HIPAA. The public needs to know who she is because if they come in contact with her they could become infected with TB. It spread by aerosol droplets by the infected person coughing and sneezing.

#12 | Posted by Ronnie68 at 2023-05-26 10:47 PM | Reply

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