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Kaci Hickox Breaks Home Ebola Quarantine, Goes for a Bike Ride in Maine

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Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo)

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 02:37 PM

Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who balked at a state-imposed quarantine after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, defied the rules Thursday and went for a bike ride with her boyfriend, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage told ABC News that Hickox would not be subject to quarantine if she would take a blood test that detects the Ebola virus.

"This could be resolved today," the governor said. "She has been exposed and she’s not cooperative, so force her to take a test. It's so simple."

ABC said state officials went to court Thursday morning to get permission to give the blood test to Hickox.

In a press release issued Thursday, LePage announced that negotiations between state officials and "a healthcare worker who had been quarantined in New Jersey" had failed. Although not named, that healthcare worker is assumed to be Hickox, who was first subjected to a mandatory quarantine in Newark, New Jersey, last week.

In the release, LePage said he "will exercise the full extent of his authority allowable by law." The release also outlined guidelines for individuals in a "some risk" category, which includes anyone who had direct exposure to Ebola-infected individuals within a 21-day incubation period. The agreement included allowing such individuals to go for walks, runs, or bike rides but would keep them away from public places or within three feet of other people in non-congregate gatherings.

A state police car followed Hickox and Ted Wilbur on their bike ride Thursday.

Hickox and New York civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel have said they would object to any attempts that Maine makes to make the nurse stay home. According to the state, the 21-day incubation period for Hickox ends on Nov. 10.

On Wednesday, the American Nurses Association released a statement in support of Hickox, saying that the organization opposes mandatory quarantines of healthcare professionals. The ANA pointed out that Hickox has tested negative twice for Ebola and is asymptomatic.

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Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who balked at a state-imposed quarantine after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, defied the rules Thursday and went for a bike ride with her boyfriend, the Bangor Daily News reported.
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