Judge Rules Nurse Kaci Hickox Free Leave House Whenever She Pleases
Governor Paul LePage (R-ME) has lost his fight to keep nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned from Sierra Leone, where she was helping to treat Ebola patients, quarantined inside her home. On Friday, a state judge ruled that Hickox was free to leave her residence and could not be barred from public spaces.
However, the judge also ruled that Hickox must participate in “Direct Active Monitoring” in cooperation with the CDC, coordinate any potential travel with local health authorities and “immediately” notify authorities if she started to develop Ebola-like symptoms. Previously, Hickox was quarantined in a plastic tent upon her arrival in New Jersey, despite the fact that she has shown no symptoms that could indicate infection.
During a press conference following the ruling, Hickox told reporters that she was “humbled by” and “very satisfied with” the judge’s decision. “I know that Ebola is a scary disease,” she said, but added that the only way we can win the battle against it is to “gain a better collective understanding about Ebola and public health” and “end the outbreak that is still ongoing in West Africa today.”
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