Woman arrested for violating self-quarantine order by going to Kroger

The mother of a woman arrested for allegedly violating a self-quarantine order said Tuesday that her daughter did not put anyone in danger.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2020 at 9:07 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The mother of a woman arrested for allegedly violating a self-quarantine order said Tuesday that her daughter did not put anyone in danger.

Kendra A. Burnett, 37, of Louisville, was arrested Monday at the Central Station Kroger store at 3165 S. 2nd Street.

The police report said she is positive for COVID-19. That’s a claim her mother, Elizabeth Burnett, denies. WAVE 3 News is waiting for the court documents and those from the Health Department related to the case.

Kendra Burnett is charged with five counts of wanton endangerment, along with one count each of criminal mischief and contempt of court. She was wearing an ankle monitoring device because of the order from the Health Department.

“I saw police coming, but I just thought that, he was just (there) because there’s always police over by UofL,” Elizabeth Burnett told WAVE 3 News.

Elizabeth Burnett said the 14-day quarantine window had passed, adding that her daughter was wearing a mask and gloves while inside the Kroger store.

“She felt like she was already in the house for 14 days because she was here because she ain’t have no job, so where was she going?” her mother said.

According to the report, the Jefferson County Attorney's Office told the officer Burnett had been told to self-quarantine approximately three times, but has refused to do so.

It is still unclear why her daughter was placed in an ankle monitoring device in the first place. The County Attorney’s Office declined to answer questions about the case, including what led to the installment of the ankle bracelet.

Burnett’s mother told WAVE 3 News her daughter worked at Treyton Oak Towers, the same senior facility where more than 30 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and where 15 people have died from it. A spokesperson with Treyton Oaks said Burnett had been dismissed from her job there on March 23.

Burnett's mother said they have received death threats on social media.

“There was this girl on there threatening to do something to her, shoot up her house because her mother was in there,” Elizabeth Burnett said. “I told her we’re going to have to move from here.”

Kroger officials said approximately 200 people were inside the store while Burnett was there. A review of security video showed she had contact with five of them.

After her arrest, Burnett allegedly kicked out the taillight of a police vehicle and caused damage to the interior of the car, the arrest report said. City spokeswoman Jean Porter told WAVE 3 News they do not believe any customers ware at risk. Below is a statement from Porter:

“Despite a court order to self-quarantine and being fitted with an ankle bracelet, a COVID-19 infected individual left quarantine on Monday morning. Louisville Metro Department of Corrections received an alert that the individual had left her quarantine area, and then notified MetroSafe, which dispatched LMPD to the scene pinpointed by the alert. The woman was arrested at the Kroger store at 3165 S. Second St.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Department of Public Health and Wellness is issuing an advisory to have the Kroger store alert its employees to the date and time that an infected individual was in the store and to the symptoms of COVID-19.

According to CDC protocols, close contact with a COVID-19 infected person is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected individual for fifteen minutes or longer. Based on these protocols, it is unlikely that customers who were in the store at the time are at risk due to this exposure."

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