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Gov. eases New York policy for Ebola quarantine

October 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered Friday.

Cuomo said 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.

The governor had criticized 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.

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