Maine Headlines

Nurse free to move about as restrictions eased
November 01, 2014 05:16 GMT

By ROBERT F. BUKATY Associated Press

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) -- A nurse in Maine who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is free to move about as she pleases after a judge eased restrictions on her movements.

Kaci Hickox called it "a good day" after Friday's ruling and said her "thoughts, prayers and gratitude" remain with those who are still battling Ebola in West Africa.

The state sought to impose restrictions until Hickox's 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10.

The judge is requiring only daily monitoring and said she's not a threat to the public. In his ruling, the judge wrote that "people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational."

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said it's "unfortunate" that restrictions were eased, but he said the state will follow the law.