Kaci Hickox, Nurse Who Fought Against Ebola Quarantine, Announces Plans To Move
Kaci Hickox, the nurse who fought quarantine in Maine after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has announced plans to move away from her Fort Kent, Me., home.
Kaci Hickox Fought Quarantine
Hickox made headlines when she went toe to toe with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Maine officials over quarantine restrictions. Health officials in Maine had requested that Hickox be forced to stay in her home for a quarantine of 21 days – the incubation period for Ebola – but Hickox fought the decision after testing negative for the virus.
“I’m not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based,” Hickox told reporters.
Hickox even became the subject of a sketch on Saturday Night Live when she publicly violated her quarantine and went for a bike ride in her neighborhood.
“The biggest reason that I fought is because I…felt so much fear and confusion, and I imagined what my fellow aid workers were going to feel if they came back to this same situation – and the more I thought about the fact that these policies are being made by politicians, really not the experts in the field – the more I felt like I had no choice but to fight back,” Hickox told CNN.
Kaci Hickox Announces Plans To Leave Maine
Eventually, a judge ruled in her favor, but Hicokox appears disenchanted with her life in Maine, telling CNN that she and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, would be moving soon. Monday, Nov. 10, marks the final day the 21-incubation period, meaning she will be fully allowed to travel this week.
“We are going to southern Maine and will decide what’s next from there,” Hickox told CNN.
Hickox and Wilbur had moved to Fort Kent because Wilbur was attending school there, but he withdrew from the program after the school banned him from classes for fear of spreading Ebola.