With state police cars following behind, Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox went for a bike ride with her boyfriend in the bright Maine sunshine Thursday morning, defying state orders to remain at home in virtual quarantine.
USA Today reports that the combative 33-year-old nurse, who seems to enjoy the media spotlight as she earlier vowed on national TV to ignore the state isolation order, was not stopped by authorities because the courts have not given them the power to restrain her.
Hickox, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders, arrived in Maine on Monday after being forcibly held in an isolation tent in New Jersey for three days under that state’s strict new law for health care workers who have recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa.
Hickox was the first person pulled aside at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday under new state regulations after her return from Sierra Leone, one of the West African countries hardest hit by an deadly Ebola outbreak.
Maine Governor Paul LePage is reportedly seeking that legal authority to force Hickox to stay at home for a 21-day period to make sure she doesn’t develop signs and symptoms of Ebola.
Hickox has resisted any sort of forcible quarantine, even going so far as to threaten legal action against officials who have tried to keep her away from contact with the public.
Before the nurse took that morning bike ride with her boyfriend, an ABC News report detailed the status of the ongoing controversy over the rights of Kaci Hickox vs. the responsibility government has to try to protect public health.
By clicking on the video above, you can see the ABC News story describing how the people in her tiny Maine town are scared.
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