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Breaking: Maine Judge Lifts Ebola Quarantine on Nurse

The New York Times is reporting that a Maine judge has ordered the ebola quarantine to be lifted on nurse Kaci Hickox.

Choosing to disregard quarantine orders, Hickox and her whereabouts has become a MSM fascination.

NBC News confronted her and her boyfriend on a bike ride.

On one hand the media is pumping up hysteria, using strong language like “outbreak,” regarding the cases of Ebola in America. Yet, they’re ever-so-happy to follow this woman closely who previously cared for Ebola patients in Africa.

But, like her lawyer pointed out, she has the right to do and act like she is: “It’s not about her being defiant. It’s about her exercising her rights and not living in fear,” said Alan Sash to “Inside Edition.”

The media doesn’t seem to see the problem of sending its journalists to be potentially exposed.

Now that the standoff between Hickox and the government is over, the only question now is who will be the media’s next victim?

Maine Obtains Court Order To Place Temporary Restrictions On Nurse Kaci Hickox

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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Nurse in Maine defies quarantine, may take case to court

Kaci Hickox has defied her home quarantine Thursday morning by going for a bike ride, and she has said she might take her case to court if her quarantine is not lifted.

“I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I am not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public,” Hickox said from her home in Maine on Today, according to the Raw Story.

Hickox was in West Africa recently to help treat Ebola patients.  After testing negative for the virus upon her return from West Africa, Hickox was released from quarantine in New Jersey but placed back in quarantine upon her return to her home in Maine.  She has been fighting her quarantine since her return and told reporters, according to NBC News, “I hope that we can continue negotiations and work this out amicably… There is no legal action against me, so I’m free to go on a bike ride in my hometown.”

It is not clear how the state of Maine will respond to Hickox’s ride just yet.  According to the New York Times, state officials said they might consider a court order to enforce the quarantine if Hickox left her home.

Gov. Paul LePage (R-Maine), said Wednesday, “While we certainly respect the rights of one individual, we must be vigilant in protecting 1.3 million Mainers, as well as anyone who visits our great state.”

Mary Mayhew, the Maine Health Commissioner, has said, according to CNN, she does not trust the information she has received concerning Hickox’s health status, saying the information lacks “reliability” and “trustworthiness.”

Mayhew also does not understand why Hickox is challenging the quarantine.  “(This is) a reasonable request to ensure — out of an abundance of caution — that we are protecting the people of this state,” said Mayhew.  

Hickox will continue to fight the quarantine though, saying she believes she has science, as well as the US Constitution, on her side.

Nurse Kaci Hickox Will Not Comply With Additional 21-Day Home Quarantine

Kaci Hickox, a nurse who was deemed at risk for carrying the Ebola virus and quarantined in a tent in New Jersey, is refusing to comply with an additional 21-day home quarantine at her residence in Maine and vowed to fight the quarantine policy in court if necessary.

Hickox returned to the United States last week after spending five weeks caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. After arriving in New Jersey on last Friday, Hickox was isolated in a tent against her will at Newark’s University Hospital, although she tested negative for Ebola. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended the decision to mandate Hickox’s quarantine, saying “I don’t believe when you’re dealing with something as serious as this that we can count on a voluntary system. This is government’s job. If anything else, the government job is to protect safety and health of our citizens.”

Hickox has since returned to her home in Maine and said she will not abide by Maine’s quarantine policy, which is classified as voluntary although the state of Maine is prepared to enforce it.

Although Hickox said that she’s been exercising caution and avoiding contact with people, she has held to her reasoning that remaining in quarantine is “not scientifically nor constitutionally just.”

“You know, I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free. I’m thankful to be out of the tent in Newark, but I found myself in yet another prison, just in a different environment,” Hickox told Matt Lauer.

Lauer told Hickox about a statement from Maine’s Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, which read that the state may “pursue legal authority if necessary to ensure risk is minimized for Mainers.”

Hickox maintained that “reasonable steps”, including self-monitoring measures like testing body temperature twice a day and undergoing testing upon appearance of symptoms, have been made by her and other health care workers. “These policies have worked in the past,” said Hickox.

When asked why she opposes quarantines, Hickox responded that “I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I’m not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.”

“Are you prepared to take legal action, not only against the state of New Jersey, but now the state of Maine if they decide to enforce this quarantine period?” asked Lauer.

“I’m not talking about New Jersey right now, but 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,” Hickox replied.

Hickox’s attorney, Norman Seigel, added that the state of Maine has “no justification to quarantine Kaci” and echoed that they would challenge any court orders from Maine.

Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on The Kelley File on Fox News Monday and said that it’s the responsibility of the government to prove that a person poses a public health risk. “We don’t have group guilt in America. We don’t have group punishment in America,” said Napolitano. “When the person confined challenges their confinement, the burden of proof, the obligation of demonstrating the propriety of the confinements, which is to the governments. And the government did not have any evidence with which to keep her confined once she challenged it.”

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