Nurse Kaci Hickox Refuses to Abide by Maine's Ebola Quarantine Order
Nurse Kaci Hickox Refuses to Abide by Maine’s Ebola Quarantine Order

Nurse Kaci Hickox is causing waves again. This time she refuses to obey Maine’s Ebola quarantine order saying, “I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.”

This comes after her public criticism of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the state’s decision to keep her in quarantine after she arrived from Ebola-stricken West Africa. She was eventually allowed to leave after hiring a civil rights attorney and threatening to file a lawsuit.

Hickox’s attorney Steven Hyman says, “She is asymptomatic and under all the protocols cannot be deemed a medical risk of being contagious to anyone.” He added that she will abide by all the self-monitoring requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the state of Maine

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said “We do not want to have to legally enforce in-home quarantine. We’re confident that selfless health workers who were brave enough to care for Ebola patients in a foreign country will be willing to take reasonable steps to protect residents of their own country,” the Daily Mail reports.

This comes after Dr. Craig Spencer, who is currently hospitalized in New York City after contracting the Ebola virus, reportedly “lied” to the police about his whereabouts. The Daily Mail reports Spencer initially told officers that he had isolated himself in his Harlem apartment after returning to the US from Guinea but a check of his MetroCard found he had been all over the city for nearly a week — riding in an Uber cab, going bowling, riding the subway and eating at a sandwich shop.