Fort Kent, Maine- Maine officials have obtained a court order to temporarily restrict the activity and movements of Kaci Hickox, a nurse fighting against a 21-day home quarantine request after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
A temporary order from a district court does not require Hickox to remain inside her home. However, she has been ordered to remain at least three feet away from other people and must avoid public areas and work spaces. The order also restricts Hickox from leaving Fort Kent without first consulting and obtaining permission from state public health authorities.
The restrictions will remain in place until a hearing is held, which is expected to occur between three and ten days from today.
Hickox has been rejecting home quarantine procedures since returning to Maine after being quarantined in a tent in a New Jersey hospital. The nurse has continuously told reporters that she feels well and displays no symptoms of the Ebola virus.
Hickox told Matt Lauer earlier this week that she would go to court to challenge home quarantine restrictions. The state’s court order did not include a petition for a home quarantine but requests that she follow the order’s specific protocol.
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