VIDEO: Maine Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine, Goes for Bike Ride
New video (above) just in to Fox News this hour of nurse Kaci Hickox going for a bike ride in Maine, openly defying an Ebola quarantine by state officials.
Officials had ordered her to stay in her home, saying they will go to court to force her to stay there.
Hickox had vowed she would fight the quarantine, saying she has no Ebola symptoms and there is no scientific evidence that says she is a danger to the public.
Hickox spoke out last weekend against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) after the state placed her in a quarantine when she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.
Hickox and her boyfriend rode their bikes in Fort Kent, with police cruisers trailing them.
Reporters waited outside her home as they returned and one asked whether the ride had been planned in advance.
Hickox said it was not planned and that the two often go for bike rides.
"Thank you guys, I have to go speak with the Health Department now," she said, before going inside.
There was no immediate comment from state health officials, who were going to court in an effort to detain Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police were monitoring her movements but couldn't detain her without a court order signed by a judge.
The end of the 21-day period would be Nov. 10.
Hickox, accompanied by her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, earlier met with the media late Wednesday in the driveway of her home in Fort Kent, and said she will not observe the quarantine directive. The nurse, who returned from Sierra Leone last week after working with Doctors Without Borders, said that she had made no progress in her attempts to negotiate an end to her quarantine with state officials.
If a judge grants the state request, then Hickox will appeal the decision on constitutional grounds, necessitating a hearing, Hickox attorney Norman Siegel said.
"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," Hickox said. She contends there's no need for her to be quarantined because she's showing no symptoms of Ebola.