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The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said on Sunday. But both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough.
Mr. Christie was dismissive of the concerns voiced by both the administration and public health officials. “It was my conclusion that we needed to do this to protect the public health of the people of New Jersey,” Mr. Christie said. “I have great respect for Dr. Fauci, but what he’s counting on is a voluntary system in which folks may or may not comply.”
The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision…
"We have let the governors of New York, New Jersey, and others states know that we have concerns with the unintended consequences of policies not grounded in science may have on efforts to combat Ebola at its source in West Africa," the Obama administration official said in a statement.
"We have also let these states know that we are working on new guidelines for returning healthcare workers that will protect the American people against imported cases, while, at the same time, enabling us to continue to tackle this epidemic in West Africa," the official added.