Nurse In Maine Breaches Quarantine With Bike Ride

October 30, 2014

Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET

For nurse Kaci Hickox, a morning bicycle ride has become an act of defiance.

As she and her boyfriend, Theodore Wilbur, peddled down a rural road in Maine’s Fort Kent, state attorneys went to Superior Court to seek a judge’s order to compel her to take a blood test that could indicate whether she carries the virus, Gov. Paul LePage told ABC News.

“This could be resolved today,” the governor said. “She has been exposed and she’s not cooperative, so force her to take a test. It’s so simple.”

LePage told ABC that he has stationed a state police car outside the Fort Kent home where Hickox is staying. He said the nurse has the town “scared to death.”

Hickox, 33, has repeatedly vowed that she would not remain in a voluntary, 21-day quarantine in Maine since returning to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone, where she was working for the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders. She has tested negative for the virus and says she is asymptomatic.

The Associated Press writes:

“Police were monitoring her movements and public interactions but couldn’t detain her without a court order signed by a judge.

“Hickox contends there’s no need for quarantine because she’s showing no symptoms. She’s also tested negative for the deadly disease.

“‘I really hope that we can work things out amicably and continue to negotiate,’ she said Thursday morning while riding on a dirt trail.”

After returning to the U.S. over the weekend, she blasted New Jersey officials for confining her. When they discharged her earlier this week, she returned to Maine, where she was asked to self-quarantine.

In television interviews Wednesday, she vowed not to stick to guidelines. That set up a confrontation with LePage, who said he would to seek a court order to compel her to remain at home.

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