Nurse Kaci Hickox Prepared to Go to Court over Quarantine
A nurse who is back in Fort Kent after after treating Ebola patients in West Africa says she's prepared to go to court if the state of Maine tries to keep her in quarantine.
Hickox said she had no contact with anyone on Tuesday and will have no contact Wednesday. But she says if the restrictions aren't lifted by Thursday, she will go to court to fight for her freedom. She says the quarantine policies are "not scientifically or constitutionally just."
Hickox was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine after arriving at Newark's airport. She spent the weekend in a quarantine tent and said she never had Ebola symptoms and tested negative in a preliminary evaluation.
So far, Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew has declined to comment specifically on the case of nurse Kaci Hickox.
Mayhew says Maine's policies go above and beyond federal Centers for Disease Control guidelines, which require monitoring but not quarantine. She says she'll "pursue legal authority" for anyone violating the voluntary in-home quarantine.