Some Maine Townsfolk Roll Out 'Unwelcome Mat' for Nurse Kaci Hickox
The nurse who was forced into quarantine after treating Ebola patients is back in her home state of Maine, but she's getting a frosty reception.
Thirty-three-year-old Kaci Hickox was released from quarantine in New Jersey and planned to go to the small town of Fort Kent on the Canadian border, population just 4,000.
She hoped to live with her boyfriend, student nurse Ted Wilbur, but uproar among the townsfolk is keeping her away and she is reportedly staying at a secret location.
Town doctor, John Bouchard, says Hickox should stay in quarantine.
He said, "It makes people very nervous. She needs to be following the quarantine recommendations. They're the best recommendations that we have."
The Faceboook page, "Mainers against Kaci Hickox returning home to Fort Kent," was created overnight.
One woman posted, "She should still be in New Jersey. Better yet, Africa."
Another posted, "Cry me a (blank) river, I think she is selfish beyond belief."
Her boyfriend is also being given a cold shoulder.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent where he is a nursing student announced, "He will not be allowed to come on campus," if he has contact with Hickox.
Some students had threatened to walk out of classes if he showed up.
But ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser said Hickox's neighbors shouldn't worry.
Dr. Besser told INSIDE EDITION, "It's safe to have her in your town. You should welcome her like a hero."
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Hickox had been made to stay in a tent at a New Jersey hospital with no shower and a portable toilet. She was released after three days.
INSIDE EDITION's Steven Fabian asked Dr. Besser, "The people who are overseas helping people in Africa, when they come back, should they just put themselves in a self-imposed quarantine just to keep everybody at ease at home?"
Dr. Besser responded, "Here's what I think should happen. When they come back, you should hold a parade, because these people are doing heroic work and they're not putting anyone at risk when they come home."
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a potential presidential candidate who ordered Hickox to be held in quarantine, stood by his decision on the Today show.
He said, "Here's the bottom line as governor. My first responsibility is to protect the public health and safety of the people of New Jersey, and I will not submit to any political pressure."
Despite the seriousness of the Ebola crisis, actor Jim Carrey managed to find the humor in it.
While wearing a face mask on the Today show, Carrey asked Al Roker, "Well you can't be too careful though, right?"
Roker said, "No, you can't."
Jokingly, Carrey lifted his face mask and pretended to sneeze on Roker.