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Connecticut officials have joined counterparts in other states – including New York and New Jersey — in defending and detailing quarantine powers they’ve enacted as a precaution against the Ebola virus.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said anyone arriving in the state after contact with Ebola victims in West African countries will be told to stay at home for 21 days, an approach that's more in line with federal recommendations and released after New Jersey came under fire for putting a returning nurse in quarantine.
Gov. Chris Christie today defended his decision to place people traveling from West Africa under mandatory quarantine, a few hours after the first person kept under the new rule tested negative for the deadly virus.
Public health officials issued more detailed and coordinated guidelines Monday for handling the Ebola virus, but differed over the fundamental question of whether quarantining people at high risk should be mandatory.
Gov. Rick Scott announced an executive order Saturday afternoon mandating that all people returning from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone take part in twice-daily health evaluations for 21 days.
CUMMING, GA (WALB) - Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia will increase Ebola monitoring for all in-bound travelers from affected countries on Monday.
State officials expect about 10 to 20 health care workers and others to come to Maryland each day from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, and they will closely monitor each traveler for fever and other signs of Ebola
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota health officials outlined plans Monday for monitoring travelers from countries battling Ebola, and said the most-severe restrictions will be imposed only on those known to have treated someone with the virus while abroad.
A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa before being briefly and controversially quarantined in New Jersey could be the focus of a new battle over state health policy as she returns to her home state of Maine.
However, one of Hickox's lawyers, Steve Hyman, said he expected her to remain in seclusion for only the "next day or so" while he works with Maine health officials. He said he believes the state should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that require only monitoring, not quarantine, for health care workers who show no symptoms after treating Ebola patients. "She's a very good person who did very good work and deserves to be honored, not detained, for it," he said.
LePage defended the quarantine in a news release Monday, saying that state officials must be "vigilant in our duty to protect the health and safety of all Mainers." Adrienne Bennett, a spokeswoman for the governor, told the Portland Press Herald that authorities would take "appropriate action" if Hickox does not comply with the quarantine, though she did not specify what that action might be. [Source]
it's the things you can't see that are most lethal. One twist of an infected door knob or an accidental brush past a stranger can be your death sentence.
Pennsylvania health authorities were monitoring 105 people Monday for Ebola symptoms, although they would not disclose how many were under travel restrictions or quarantine on arriving from outbreak-ravaged West Africa.
As of last week, the department has issued four quarantine orders in the state involving nine people. One order involving one person has been rescinded based on a review of additional information related to travel activities. Currently, there are eight people in quarantine in Connecticut.
For those without direct contact but within a 3-foot radius of the Ebola patient (such as adjacent passengers in an airplane or car) for a prolonged period of time, twice-daily temperature-taking and symptom check (one observed by a public-health official) for 21 days after the last contact.
The number of people under observation for the deadly virus increased by two overnight, Michigan Department of Community Health spokeswoman Jennifer Smith said Wednesday morning. The Detroit News reported that eight people were being monitored as of late Tuesday evening.
The Indiana State Department of Health said Wednesday that all five people are considered low-risk and are cooperating with health officials. It says two other travelers already have completed monitoring.
The monitoring is part of Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order issued Saturday requiring anyone returning from Ebola-affected countries to be monitored twice a day for 21 days. The countries were designated by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ayone arriving in California from an Ebola-affected area and who has had personal contact with a person infected with the deadly virus will be quarantined for 21 days, according to an order issued Wednesday by the state's public health director. [Source]
The City is announcing that, after an additional physician review, one individual under quarantine because of contact with Dr. Spencer will now be subject to direct active monitoring. The individual poses no public health threat and is showing no symptoms. This person's daily movements in New York City will no longer be restricted, and the individual will be assessed twice each day by Health Department staff. One individual in New York City currently remains under quarantine.