Kaci Hickox Tells Maine Newspaper She’s Leaving State After Ebola Quarantine
Kaci Hickox, the nurse who fought state efforts to quarantine her after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, tells the Portland Press Herald that she and her boyfriend plan to leave Maine next week.
Hickox told the paper that she and her boyfriend, University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing student Ted Wilbur, would leave midweek after a court order requiring her to submit to monitoring for any symptoms of Ebola, expires on Monday.
Hickox, who worked with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, had fought state efforts to impose upon her a mandatory quarantine within the Fort Kent home. A judge instead required Hickox to submit to daily monitoring, a decision with which Hickox and Maine's Attorney General said they were satisfied.
The community response has been mixed, however, with some residents expressing fears over Hickox's potential to spread the deadly virus. People who contract the virus almost always show symptoms within 21 days, according to heath officials. Monday will be the 21st day since Hickox's potential exposure.
The case also has drawn national media attention and has been spoofed on late night television.
“We’re going to try to get our lives back on track,” Wilbur told the Press Herald on Friday.
She did not tell the newspaper where she Wilbur planned to go.