NATCHITOCHES, La. (KNOE) - Natchitoches Police have arrested a woman for lying about being exposed to coronavirus.
The Natchitoches Police Department was notified on March 23 by the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center that an individual said she was exposed to the Coronavirus in an attempt to get an excuse to stay home from work.
Investigators with NPD contacted 24-year-old Elisha Johnson on March 24, in reference to her complaint of possible exposure.
According to a report from NPD:
"Elisha Johnson told investigators that she was notified by her supervisor on March 20, 2020, that two of her co-workers had tested positive for the Coronavirus and that she needed to notify the hospital.
While at the hospital she told the health care providers about her exposure and asked if she could get a 30-day excuse note to stay home from work. The health care providers told her of the self-quarantine guidelines that were made by the Center for Disease Control but she told them she was expected to be at work on Monday.
On March 21, 2020, Elisha Johnson returned to the hospital to be tested for the Coronavirus but she told medical personnel that she had not been exposed to anyone with the virus."
Police say Johnson's false claim of being exposed to coronavirus caused her doctor and several other health care providers to be placed under quarantine. This prevented them from being able to help other patients.
Johnson was charged with Criminal Mischief and has a court date set for June 29, 2020.