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Woman recounts experience of planting trees stuck in Australia’s COVID quarantine camp

Ailan Evans

Hayley Hodgson, a 26-year-old Australian woman, recounted her two weeks in a COVID-19 quarantine camp in an interview with UnHerd published on Thursday.

“You feel like you are in prison. You feel like you’ve done something wrong, that’s what they’re doing inhumane,” Hodgson said in an interview with UnHerd. “You’re so small, they just overwhelm you.”

Hodgson told UnHerd she was ordered to quarantine at the National Recovery Center in Howard Springs, Darwin, after one of her friends tested positive for COVID-19.

“The police officers blocked my driveway,” she said. “I walked out and said, ‘what’s going on, are you testing me for COVID? What’s happening? ‘ They said, ‘no, you’re being taken away. And you have no choice. You’re going to Howard Springs. ‘”

Hodgson said officers told her they had received orders from “supervisors” to bring her to the facility and that she was not allowed to “self-quarantine” at home.

Officers told Hodgson that if she didn’t go with them voluntarily, they would put her “in the back of the van with the chain,” she said.

When she arrived at the facility, Hodgson was told she would have to stay there for two weeks, according to Unherd. According to reports, she was tested three times during her detention, and each time she tested negative for the virus.

Once inside the facility, Hodgson said she had very little contact with other people and was treated poorly by staff.

“They don’t come and say anything, they don’t check, they don’t do anything. You get your meals delivered once a day. And you’re just left,” she said.

At one point, staff is said to have recommended sedating Hodgson with Valium to help calm her down after she complained about the camp’s conditions. Hodgson said she lost her job during her stay and was never informed of any rights she had or contacted an attorney.

Howard Springs is one of two “mandatory supervised quarantine facilities” in the Northern Territory, follow to a government website.

While in quarantine, a person must “remain in his or her allotted room, including on any patio space allotted to the room, unless authorized by an authorized officer,” according to the website.

The Northern Territory government did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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