The Daily Fix: N.Y. and N.J. Revise Ebola Quarantine Policies, School Shooting Victim Dies, and Chile Wins Homeless World Cup

All the news that’s fit to fix on Monday, Oct. 27.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speak in New York on Oct. 24 at a news conference about New York’s first case of Ebola. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Oct 27, 2014· 2 MIN READ
Nicole Pasulka is a writer and reporter who lives in New York City. She has written for Mother Jones, BuzzFeed, The Believer, and the New York Observer.

When nurse Kaci Hickox returned to the United States after working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, she tested negative for the virus and showed no symptoms of the disease. But since Dr. Craig Spencer, who’d been treating patients in Sierra Leone, tested positive for Ebola last week in New York City, New York and New Jersey have instituted quarantine policies for health care workers returning from Africa that some are calling “Draconian.”

Hickox was taken to University Hospital in Newark, N.J., and forced to remain in a tent. From the tent, she told CNN she felt “angry” and that her “basic human rights had been violated.”

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the move “Draconian” on Meet the Press Sunday.

“The best way to stop this epidemic is to help the people in West Africa,” said Fauci. “We do that by sending people over there, not only from the USA but from other places.”

Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa, and around 10,000 are infected. The only way to contract the virus is through contact with bodily fluids—blood, mucus, and feces, etc.—of an infected person who is exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

Referring to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Hickox told CNN, “If he knew anything about Ebola, he would know that asymptomatic people are not infectious.”

Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo initially defended the quarantine policies.

“I’m sorry if in any way [Hickox] was inconvenienced, but inconvenience that could occur from having folks that are symptomatic and ill out among the public is a much, much greater concern of mine,” Christie told The New York Times.

In response to pressure from administration officials, Cuomo revised New York’s quarantine policy on Sunday night and said that health care workers who don’t show symptoms of the virus will be allowed to stay at home. Hours later, the governor’s o ffice of New Jersey made similar changes to its policy.

In other news...

School Shooting Victim Dead: Gia Soriano, 14, died on Sunday night after being shot by a classmate at Marysville-Pilchuck High School outside Seattle on Friday. In the school’s cafeteria, freshman Jaylen Fryberg opened fire, killing one boy and wounding Soriano and three others before ending his own life. (via The Seattle Times)

Voter Registration Forms Missing: Though midterm elections are only a week away, nearly 50,000 Georgia voters have not received their voter registration forms, which were supposed to be sent to people in mostly Democratic parts of the state. (via ThinkProgress)

Hell Inside the Islamic State: A new investigation describes the horrors kidnapped Western journalists and aid workers endured while held by the Islamic State. (via The New York Times)

Seeking Sanctuary: In the basement of a Denver church, a Mexican man is claiming sanctuary to avoid being deported. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a policy of not pursuing people in sensitive areas such as churches and schools. (via The Associated Press)

Execution Delays: Oklahoma is delaying three executions because it doesn’t have appropriate lethal injection drugs. The state adopted new protocols for executions after the April lethal injection of Clayton Lockett took 43 minutes. (via Reuters)

Goal! On Monday, a team from Chile won the Homeless World Cup, an international soccer tournament in which all players are current or former homeless people. (via Mother Jones)

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