The feds vs the states: who’s in charge?
The fedsLet’s start with the federal government, which has delegated its authority to isolate or quarantine to the CDC. The CDC can detain, medically examine, and release people suspected of being exposed to, or sick with, the coronavirus under only 2 circumstances:
- people arriving into the U.S. (sea ports, airports, and border crossings), and
- people traveling between states (highway checkpoints, airports, bus terminals, and train stations).