- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2014

New Jersey officials are trying to clear the air about the conditions in which a nurse returning from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone is being isolated for 21 days.

The nurse, Kaci Hickox, has called her quarantine in a tented annex of a Newark hospital as “really inhumane.” She also wrote a scathing review of her treatment at Newark Liberty Airport in the Dallas Morning News.

“To quarantine everyone, in case, when you cannot predict who may develop Ebola or not, and to make me stay for 21 days, to not be with my family, to put me through this emotional and physical stress, is completely unacceptable,” she told CNN over the weekend.

Doctors Without Borders asserted that her tent was not heated.

The state Department of Health, though, said Sunday that Ms. Hickox is being treated well inside a “climate-controlled, indoor, extended care area adjacent to the hospital.”

“The patient has computer access, use of her cell phone, reading material (magazines, newspaper) and requested and has received take-out food and drink,” the statement continued.

Although she is referred to as a “patient,” Ms. Hickox has tested negative for Ebola.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, has not backed off his decision to impose a 21-day quarantine on people returning from the West African countries that are reeling from Ebola.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, decided late Sunday to tone down his state’s version, allowing travelers to quarantine at home and receive twice-daily visits from health care workers.

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