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Friday, October 31, 2014

Judge eases limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients - Order Issued

A Judge ruled today that restrictions on a health care worker were far too severe. In what was becoming a political circus, a Maine Judge issued a ruling ending the grandstand political play. Today's post is shared from
FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge on Friday imposed limited restrictions on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and rejected a bid by state officials for more stringent measures.
The confrontation between Kaci Hickox and officials in the state of Maine has become the focal point of a dispute pitting several U.S. states opting for strict quarantines against the federal government, which opposes such measures.
Hickox's lawyer called the ruling a "terrific win" and Maine Governor Paul LePage said that while he was disappointed, the state would abide by the judge's order.
Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. She also objected when the state of New Jersey put her into isolation when she arrived at Newark airport.
Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of Maine District Court, in an earlier temporary order dated on Thursday had instructed Hickox to avoid "public places" like shopping centers and maintain a 3-foot (1-meter) distance from others at the state's request. That came hours after she defied Maine officials, left her home and went for a bike ride with her boyfriend.
On Friday, after a hearing held by telephone, LaVerdiere said Hickox only would have to continue direct monitoring of her health, coordinate travel plans with health officials and...
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