(NEWSER) – Nurse Kaci Hickox has gone from forced quarantine in New Jersey to "voluntary" quarantine in Maine—but it may not be voluntary for long. Her lawyer tells the Bangor Daily News that she agreed not to go out in public for two days, but "she doesn't want to agree to continue to be confined to a residence beyond the two days." State health officials counter that they don't want to "have to legally enforce in-home quarantine," but they "are willing to pursue legal authority if necessary to ensure risk is minimized," NBC reports. Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has not shown symptoms and has tested negative for the disease, is being monitored daily as per the CDC's new guidelines. More:
- A civil rights lawyer who is also representing Hickox says the nurse will fight any court order for home quarantine. The conditions the state wants her "to comply with are unconstitutional and illegal and there is no justification for the state of Maine to infringe on her liberty," he says.
- The New York State Department of Health has issued detailed guidelines for dealing with potential Ebola patients, reports the New York Times. They go beyond federal guidelines, imposing a 21-day quarantine period, but say travelers arriving from West Africa should be treated with the "utmost respect and concern" and "preference should be given to quarantining the passenger in his or her residence."