The Institutes

Authority. The Department of Health has authority to establish, maintain and enforce isolation and quarantine. The department of health may establish or require isolation or quarantine of any animal, person, institution, community or region.

Isolation or quarantine authorized. The secretary of health may isolate or quarantine a person as necessary during a public health emergency, using the procedures set forth in the Public Health Emergency Response Act.

Penalties. The secretary of health, the secretary of public safety or the director may enforce the provisions of the Public Health Emergency Response Act by imposing a civil administrative penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation of that act.

Police Power and Limitations. Isolation or quarantine shall be by the least restrictive means necessary to protect against the spread of a threatening communicable disease or a potentially threatening communicable disease to others and may include confinement to a private home or other private or public premises.

Refusal of Treatment. A person isolated or quarantined pursuant to the provisions of the Public Health Emergency Response Act has the right to refuse medical treatment, testing, physical or mental examination, vaccination, specimen collections and preventive treatment programs.

Job Protection. An employer or an agent of an employer shall not discharge from employment a person who is placed in isolation or quarantine.