Dr. Nancy Snyderman was observing 21 days of voluntary quarantine after working alongside a freelance journalist who came down with Ebola when she stepped out to pick up take-out last week. Snyderman offered an apology on Monday after it was revelealed that she and other members of her team are now in mandatory quarantine.

Nancy Snyderman Apologizes

Snyderman’s statement, which was read aloud by Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News last night, was as follows:

"While under voluntary quarantine guidelines, which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused. We are thrilled that Ashoka is getting better and our thoughts continue to be with the thousands affected by Ebola whose stories we all went to cover.”

Snyderman was spotted out and about last week by numerous New Jersey residents. One resident claimed to see Snyderman waiting in a car outside of the Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro on Thursday. A man exited the car to pick up her take-out order from the restaurant while she remained in the vehicle with another man. Upon realizing she was spotted, Snyderman apparently tried to hide behind sunglasses and looked away.

In the first week of October, American freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo tested positive for Ebola in Liberia, where he’d recently landed a gig filming for NBC News alongside Snyderman and her crew. As a precaution, in addition to flying Mukpo to an American hospital, it was arranged that Snyderman and her team would also be flown back to the U.S., where they would self-quarantine for 21 days.

Due to Snyderman’s failure to observe the voluntary quarantine, the New Jersey Health Department has issued a mandatory quarantine, according to Planet Princeton. In order to enforce the quarantine, police will be patrolling the area around the residence in which Snyderman is to remain until Oct. 22.

“We are acting in conjunction with the health department to insure the quarantine stays in effect and is secure,” Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter said. “We have increased patrols in the area given the attention the area is getting. Basically, if the health department needed any assistance with security issues, we would be responsible for that.”

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