State takes nurse to court to force quarantine
by James O’Connor
The state of Maine has filed a court order against Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who defied a state order to stay quarantined. Officials filed the documents Thursday, following through with a threat to isolate her.
The state is asking that Hickox be ordered to coordinate her travel with public health authorities, not to be present in any public places, not to be present in workplaces, not to leave Fort Kent without consulting public health authorities, and to maintain a three-foot distance from others when engaging in non-congregate public activities.
Last Friday, Hickox arrived at Newark airport from Sierra Leone, where she was working with Ebola patients. Although she hasn’t shown symptoms of the disease, she is not past the 21-day incubation period.
Hickox claims that her civil rights have been violated and she defied the state order by going out for a bike ride yesterday. She openly stated that she would not obey the quarantine, resulting in a flurry of online comments referring to her as selfish and only looking for 15 minutes of fame. She’s also been called immature and some have suggested she lose her nursing license for her unwillingness to protect the public.
The lawsuit requests a full hearing be held in the next 3-10 days.