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Live Updates: Kaci Hickox And Maine Settle Quarantine Lawsuit

A woman who recently returned to Portland, Oregon, from West Africa developed a fever Friday morning. Maine and nurse Kaci Hickox settled the quarantine suit allowing her to travel freely in public.

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What We Know So Far:

  • Maine and Kaci Hickox settled quarantine suit.
  • Oregon woman with fever isolated for possible Ebola.
  • Canada will not issue visas for people from Ebola-affected countries.
  • WHO releases revised guidelines on personal protective equipment.
  • 5-year-old boy was discharged from Bellevue Hospital after testing negative for Ebola.

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The hearing in the case was cancelled after both parties agreed to the terms of a judge's order on Friday that required Hickox to monitor her health and check for symptoms but allowed her to travel freely in public through Nov. 12.

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A woman in Portland, Oregon, who recently returned from West Africa has been hospitalized with a fever.

The woman developed the fever Friday morning and was subsequently isolated at Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Tri-County Health Officer Paul Lewis said at an afternoon news conference. The woman lives in Portland, Oregon, but officials did not provide her name or say where in West Africa she visited.

Earlier Friday, the Oregonian reported that the woman was transported to the hospital when her fever hit 102 degrees.

Lewis said the woman had been taking her temperature twice daily and that the system "worked flawlessly." The woman has not tested positive for Ebola, though the disease is "on a list of possibilities," Lewis added.

People living with the woman have voluntarily isolated themselves at home, officials said Friday afternoon.

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The Department of Citizenship and Immigration announced that it will not process new or pending visa applications for workers, students, or visitors who have been in Ebola-affected countries within three months prior to their date of application, according to the Canada Gazette.

The department will also not process new or pending visa applications for foreign nations from these countries.

The changes are effective Friday.

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WHO releases updated Ebola statistics.

According to numbers released Friday, there at least 13,567 people infected with the virus and 4,951 people have died.

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Speaking to the media outside her home in Fort Kent, Hickox said the judge's three recommendations were a good compromise and that she would comply with active direct monitoring by health officials.

Responding to questions about creating fear and anger among residents of Fort Kent, Hickox said she didn't want to make people uncomfortable and that she had a lot of respect for the community. She said she did not have a comment for Gov. LePage.

She said her thoughts, prayers, and gratitude were with her fellow health care workers in Africa who are "risking their lives to fight this disease": "It has been privilege to work with you."

Hickox said she plans to convince her boyfriend Ted Wilbur to make her favorite Japanese meal and watch a scary movie for Halloween.

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State troopers left Hickox's home in Fort Kent.

The state troopers have left the home where Kaci Hickox is staying. New order says nothing specific about going in public or 3-ft rule.

Jess Bidgood@jessbidgoodFollow

The state troopers have left the home where Kaci Hickox is staying. New order says nothing specific about going in public or 3-ft rule.

1:20 PM - 31 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One or two trooper's cars had been posted outside Kaci Hickox home to monitor her; they left at 12:51 today.

Jess Bidgood@jessbidgoodFollow

One or two trooper's cars had been posted outside Kaci Hickox home to monitor her; they left at 12:51 today.

1:32 PM - 31 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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In a temporary order issued Friday, Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled that the state health department did not prove that restricting Hickox's movements was "necessary to protect other individuals from the dangers of infection."

The judge said that Hickox should comply and continue with her daily active monitoring by health officials and notify them immediately if she develops symptoms.

The temporary order will remain in effect until the court hearing set for Nov. 4. It superseded the first temporary order issued Thursday, which did not allow Hickox to be present in public places and ordered her to stay three feet away from people.

Gov. Paul LePage called the order "unfortunate." "As Governor, I have done everything I can to protect the health and safety of Mainers," LePage said in a statement. "The judge has eased restrictions with this ruling and I believe it is unfortunate. However, the State will abide by law."

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Hickox ordered by court to stay at least three feet away from anyone, ABC News reported.

According to a temporary court order granted to Maine on Friday, Hickox has to agree to active monitoring, coordinate her travel with health authorities, not be present in public places, not leave Fort Kent, and stay at least three feet away from anyone.

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At Thursday's event to kick off the marathon, de Blasio said "the best professionals in health and safety" were involved in preparations. "So, the bottom line is, this is a marathon that has been an extraordinarily positive event for this city, year in and year out," de Blasio said.

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A 5-year-old boy was discharged from Bellevue Hospital after testing negative for Ebola.

The child will continue to be monitored, along with his mother and sibling, as they returned from Guinea within the last 21 days, according to a statement from the New York City Department of Health.

Another Ebola patient at Bellevue, Dr. Craig Spencer, remains in serious but stable condition.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage said negotiations with Hickox "have failed."

Administration and Hickox's lawyers spoke into Wednesday evening. The Republican governor said he wanted Hickox to be classified in the "some risk" category under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

"These guidelines would allow an individual in the 'some risk' category to go for walks, runs, or ride their bicycle, but would prevent such a person from going into public places or coming within three feet of other people in noncongregate gatherings. Unfortunately, an agreement was not reached," the administration said.

"As a result of the failed effort to reach an agreement, the governor will exercise the full extent of his authority allowable by law."

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New York officials want to pay for costs associated with health care workers' quarantines:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said they'll create "a program of financial incentives and other employment protections to encourage health care professionals to travel to West Africa and provide assistance treating Ebola patients to help contain this disease. "

The idea is to have workers' "pay, health care, and employment statuses continue seamlessly when they get back. The State would also provide necessary reimbursements — to health care workers and their employers — for any quarantines that are needed upon their return."

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Kaci Hickox has gone back inside after back ride with partner Ted Wilbur

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Kaci Hickox has gone back inside after back ride with partner Ted Wilbur

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Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox defies quarantine and goes for a bike ride near her home in Maine http://t.co/btoLYeWDPh

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Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox defies quarantine and goes for a bike ride near her home in Maine http://t.co/btoLYeWDPh

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A state police cruiser followed Hickox and her boyfriend on their bike ride.

According to the Associated Press:

Police were monitoring her movements and public interactions but couldn't detain her without a court order signed by a judge.

Hickox contends there's no need for quarantine because she's showing no symptoms. She's also tested negative for the deadly disease.

"I really hope that we can work things out amicably and continue to negotiate," she said Thursday morning while riding on a dirt trail.

Maine officials said Wednesday they will go to court to get an order if necessary. Hickox has also said she will use legal options if necessary.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox, defying Maine officials who want her quarantined, left her home and hopped on a bike Thursday:

Our news team is following Kaci Hickox as she takes a bike ride in Fort Kent. @WLBZ2 @Grady_Trimble

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Our news team is following Kaci Hickox as she takes a bike ride in Fort Kent. @WLBZ2 @Grady_Trimble

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