New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced Monday that a nurse who had been involuntarily quarantined at a Newark hospital after returning from West Africa would be allowed to serve out the rest of her quarantine at home.
In an interview with the New York Times, Christie said that he expected Kaci Hickox, who lives in Fort Kent, Maine, to be transferred Monday morning after doctors and federal officials gave the green light.
“I’m hopeful that this morning if all goes well we’ll be able to release her and send her back to Maine,” Christie told the newspaper.
Hickox, who has been asymptomatic since she returned to the U.S. from a stint working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, wrote a harrowing account this weekend of her treatment at Newark International Airport and in quarantine at a local hospital. In a later interview with CNN, she slammed Christie’s mandatory quarantine policy and said she felt “like my basic human rights have been violated.”
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