Limbaugh: It's Time to Quarantine Chris Christie

Meanwhile, it's unclear how long Kaci Hickox will be quarantined for in Maine
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2014 3:03 AM CDT
Maine: Nurse Will Be in 'Voluntary' Quarantine
"I really think the Republicans ought to make sure that Gov. Christie gets quarantined," Limbaugh said.   (AP Photo/Julie Smith)

Kaci Hickox is going to Maine after a brief and controversial forced quarantine in New Jersey, but it's not clear how long the nurse will be quarantined for in her home state. She has agreed to home quarantine, but while her lawyer says that should only be for the "next day or so," state health officials say it will be 21 days, the AP reports. A spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage says the state fully expects "individuals to voluntarily comply with an in-home quarantine." She adds that "if an individual is not compliant, the state is prepared to take appropriate action," but she didn't elaborate. In other developments:

  • Rush Limbaugh thinks somebody else should be in quarantine: Chris Christie. On his radio show, Limbaugh accused the New Jersey governor of giving in to President Obama by allowing Hickox to be transferred out of the state, comparing the move to Christie's "hug moment" with President Obama after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Politico reports. "So one week before the election, once again, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has caved," Limbaugh said. "We need to quarantine Chris Christie is what needs to happen here, folks. This is the second election in a row."

  • Despite the CDC guidelines, states including New York and New Jersey are sticking to 21-day quarantines for health workers who treated Ebola patients in Africa, and "Ebola czar" Ron Klain remains out of sight, reports the New York Daily News. The apparent lack of coordination with state governments is a "theater of the absurd. It's laughable," says the director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University.
  • American health workers fighting the outbreak in West Africa are getting worried about what awaits them when they come home, ABC reports. Greg Ramm, the interim director of the Save the Children operation in Liberia, is returning to the US in two weeks and says he was hoping to spend Thanksgiving with his family instead of in a quarantine tent. "Getting people to come here and help is already a difficult job. This will only make it harder," he says.
  • A potential Ebola patient is being assessed in Maryland, reports Reuters. The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore says the patient has been "appropriately isolated and receiving further assessment and care."
  • A 5-year-old New York City boy under Ebola watch at Bellevue Hospital has tested negative for the disease, the Guardian reports. He had recently traveled to Guinea. The hospital says it will keep him in isolation and carry out more tests out of an "abundance of caution."
(Read more Ebola stories.)

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