A defiant epidemiology nurse broke quarantine to go for a bike ride with her boyfriend today in Maine. Hordes of photographers ran alongside Kaci Hickox's bike as she rode through her rural town for about an hour. Hickox refused to quarantine herself for 21 days after returning from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients.
Hickox was placed under forced quarantine in New Jersey after she arrived at Newark Liberty airport last week. She was placed in an isolation tent set up in the parking lot of a hospital after she refused to quarantine herself.
From the NY Post:
State officials planned to go to court in an effort to detain Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.
Hickox threatened to sue when she was forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after landing at Newark Airport from Sierra Leone on Friday.
“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines,” she told the “Today” show via Skype on Wednesday. “If the restrictions placed on me by the state of Maine are not lifted by Thursday morning, I will go to court to fight for my freedom.”
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vowed to enforce the 21-day quarantine.
Hickox’s lawyer, civil-rights attorney Norman Siegel, has said he hoped to avoid a court fight.
“We’re still trying to negotiate to see if we can resolve it,” Siegel told The Post earlier.
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