New York – Governor Andrew Cuomo has outlined guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered on Friday.
Cuomo said on Sunday night that the health care workers who have had contact with Ebola patients will be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring from medical professionals if they have no symptoms. The state will also pay for any lost compensation, if they are not paid by a volunteer organization.
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The governor had criticised Dr Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, for not obeying a 21-day voluntary quarantine.
On Sunday, he called the health care workers "heroes" and said his administration would encourage more medical workers to volunteer to fight Ebola.