Woman Who Organized Protest Against Quarantine And Stay Home Orders Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Submitted by Take Out on Tue, 04/28/2020 - 01:29

Audrey Whitlock of Reopen NC revealed that she has contracted the virus but has not shown any symptoms, according to TV station WNCN.

Whitlock complained that her "forced" self-quarantine violated her First Amendment rights.

“The reality is that modern society has not been able to eradicate contagious viruses," she wrote on Facebook.

"A typical public health quarantine would occur in a medical facility.

"I have been told not to participate in public or private accommodations as requested by the government, and therefore denied my 1st amendment right of freedom of religion."

She added: “It has been insinuated by others that if I go out, I could be arrested for denying a quarantine order.”

The "peaceful action" group, which launched earlier this month, boasts of 70,000 members.

"We stand for The Constitution," the organization wrote.

"We are mostly business owners and employees that are losing our income and denied our right to provide for our families.

"We have come together to demand action from their elected officials."

There have been about 8,000 coronavirus cases in North Carolina with 300 deaths.

About 1,000 protesters gathered in Raleigh last week to ask Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to lift the state's stay-at-home order.

Cooper has extended the order through May 8, and has said that public schools will be closed until August, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Reopen NC organized the protest, which included Republican Rep. Dan Bishop among the throng.

Bishop was seen with a copy of the constitution - and hand sanitizer, according to the newspaper.

“Congressman Bishop’s participation in the march is reckless and dangerous,” Democrat Cynthia Wallace said.

“He should know better and be doing everything in his power to keep the citizens in our district safe.”

Bishop later responded: “Instead of obsessing over my every movement, Ms. Wallace should demand Roy Cooper publicly disclose the secret data and modeling he’s using to justify his shutdown scheme that’s cost over 700,000 North Carolinians their jobs in the last month with no end or relief in sight.”

Many protesters were seen with MAGA hats, the newspaper reported.

“Like everything the COVID response is getting infected with partisanship,” political scientist Michael Bitzer told the Observer.

“On the Republican side it’s an economic but also a personal liberty issue ... On the Democratic side it’s about public health and the larger good.

"So you’ve kind of got a classic individual vs. society divide.”

ReOpen NC has said it would hold rallies in Raleigh every Tuesday until the restrictions are lifted, according to WCNC.

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