(NEW YORK) — Under some intense pressure from the White House and the medical community, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he would be loosening a new state policy in dealing with health care workers returning from Ebola-affected countries.
Last week, New York and New Jersey said that they would enforce mandatory quarantines for all travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people and were arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. At least one nurse, who had to undergo this quarantine last weekend, is planning to sue.
Under the revised plan, workers returning from the Ebola “hot zone” who are not showing symptoms but who had contact with sickened patients may be monitored from home for three weeks. Meanwhile, health care workers will monitor them twice a day with unannounced visits to their home. Wage compensation will also be provided if their employer will not pay salaries, and food delivery is also offered.
Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued the following statement: “New Jersey is not changing its quarantine protocol. The protocol is clear that a New Jersey resident with no symptoms, but who has come into contact with someone with Ebola, such as a health care provider, would be subject to a mandatory quarantine order and quarantined at home. Non-residents would be transported to their homes if feasible and, if not, quarantined in New Jersey.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health also has no plans to change its mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who cared for Ebola patients in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Recent posts in National News