(NBC News) – Ignoring a request that she stay isolated inside her home, nurse Kaci Hickox rode her bicycle through Fort Kent, Maine Thursday morning, following a path she set out on overnight.
“I have not committed to stay in my house and agreeing to an in-house quarantine that I believe is not scientifically valid,” she told reporters.
State officials say it’s the only way they can make sure their community stays safe, and are said to be seeking a court order now that would force Hickox to stay inside.
“I am going to use legal provisions to the fullest extent that the law allows me and I just hope she recognizes that,” Governor Paul LePage said.
LePage says that means making sure she stays out of businesses and restaurants and away from close contact with the public.
“We have 1.3 million people to protect,” LePage added. “On one hand I am trying to protect the entire state, and the same token I dont want her to get hurt either. Tempers get flaring when people get scared and this is not a nice position to be in.”
Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1q3GGwI