Christie, Cuomo enact stricter travel restrictions as new patient showed symptoms in NJ, tests negative

posted at 8:31 am on October 25, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Who would have thought that in order for the United States to finally do something more substantial in terms of travel restrictions from Ebola affected nations we would have to rely on the dynamic duo of… Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie?

Healthcare workers returning to New York or New Jersey from treating Ebola patients in West Africa will be placed under a mandatory quarantine, officials announced a day after a Doctors Without Borders MD was diagnosed with the virus in New York City.

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement as part of a broader procedural plan to help protect the densely packed, highly populated area from any further spread of the disease.

This came on the heels of not only the bowling, Uber Cab riding Ebola doctor, but then a second, unnamed healthcare worker in Newark who was already in quarantine, began showing symptoms.

The health care worker who had been under quarantine earlier today has developed a fever and is being evaluated at University Hospital in Newark for the possibility of Ebola, according to the N.J. Department of Health.

The unnamed health worker had appeared healthy when she landed at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday, officials said, but she was was quarantined anyway because of her proximity to Ebola victims.

Officials said the woman was a U.S. citizen who began her trip back to the United States in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries struggling to contain the outbreak of the deadly virus.

She was the first airline traveler to be quarantined under the policy announced earlier in the day by the governors of New Jersey and New York.

Cuomo was a bit long winded and technical in his announcement, as is his wont. Christie, as you would expect, was a bit more blunt.

“You don’t have to hit us across the head more than once,” he said.

As of this morning, the worker in question actually wound up delivering a negative, preliminary test for Ebola, so she may simply wind up having the flu. But she remains in quarantine until more tests are done and conclusive results are obtained. Still, it was enough to shake up the system, particularly in New Jersey.

Christie went on to say, We are no longer relying on CDC standards. We will ensure that New York and New Jersey standards are met. The assembled press corps completely failed to summon up one person to say that it was about time. These new restrictions go well beyond what the Obama administration has been willing to commit to so far. Department of Health officials from each state will now be on the ground at both JFK and Newark airports to monitor all flights with passengers coming from anywhere near the affected regions. All healthcare workers arriving there who have been working in those countries will go into quarantine. Anyone else coming from the region, even if they are not healthcare workers and weren’t in contact with the afflicted will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine who will go into quarantine and who will be monitored and put on restricted travel and interaction with the public.

Even if we dodged a bullet on this latest worker, it was enough to show us what the system is supposed to look like when it’s working. Seeing Christie do this doesn’t come as all that much of a surprise, since – to put it kindly – he does not suffer the federal government gladly. But to see Cuomo override the CDC was something of a shock. I rarely agree with Cuomo on his policy decisions, but in this case my hat is off. Well done to both of them.


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Who would have thought that in order for the United States to finally do something more substantial in terms of travel restrictions from Ebola affected nations we would have to rely on the dynamic duo of… Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie?

Actually, all it took was for a blue state to be hit with Ebola.

flipflop on October 25, 2014 at 8:33 AM

First move by the Presidential candidates of 2016.

meci on October 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

And by that above comment, I mean that only a blue state could get away with actions that would be described as racist if taken by a red state.

flipflop on October 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Good for them. Although many would like to believe otherwise, the federal government is not the all-knowing beneficent protector of U.S. citizens.

Syzygy on October 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

You don’t have to hit us across the head more than once

And that’s the problem, isn’t it. I’m wondering why you needed to be hit over the head at all.

Thomas More on October 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Rush predicted this when Ebola first came to Texas. It would take an infection in the heart of east coast power to get them to take this seriously instead of just trying to placate the public with assurances that “all is weellll!”

Mord on October 25, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Ebola:
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https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 2m 2 minutes ago

Female health care worker, 1st person quarantined in NJ after arrival from W. Africa, tests negative for Ebola: http://apne.ws/1wxFOpC
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The Associated Press retweeted
AP Politics @AP_Politics · 45m 45 minutes ago

In weekly address, Obama says science, not fear, must guide US response to Ebola http://apne.ws/1oFrzOI
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The Associated Press @AP · 60m 60 minutes ago

MORE: U.N. health agency adds that nearly 5,000 people have died from the Ebola virus: http://apne.ws/1wrkH7D
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The Associated Press @AP · 1h 1 hour ago

BREAKING: World Health Organization: Number of people believed to have Ebola rises above 10,000

https://twitter.com/who

canopfor on October 25, 2014 at 7:30 AM

canopfor on October 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/new-jersey-us/

New Jersey, US
Ebola outbreak 2014

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Health worker quarantined at NJ airport after returning from West Africa tests negative for Ebola, health department says – @ABC
Read more on abcnews.go.com
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Ebola outbreak 2014
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President Obama commends New Yorkers for Ebola response in weekly radio address, does not mention 21-day quarantines implemented by NY and NJ for medical workers returning from hot zones – @Reuters
Read more on yahoo.com
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Newark, NJ, US
11h

RT @JoshEiniger7: #Breaking NJ officials say health worker quarantined earlier at #EWR has “developed a fever,” in isolation at #Newark hos…
— @ABC7NY

Partner
see original on twitter.com
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Ebola outbreak 2014
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The enhanced quarantine procedures announced for New York and New Jersey to impact travelers arriving at JFK International and Newark Airport – @nytimes
Read more on nytimes.com
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Ebola outbreak 2014
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New York and New Jersey to quarantine travelers who had contact with Ebola patients – @BloombergNews
Read more on bloomberg.com

canopfor on October 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM

canopfor on October 25, 2014 at 8:53 AM

All healthcare workers arriving there who have been working in those countries will go into quarantine. Anyone else coming from the region, even if they are not healthcare workers and weren’t in contact with the afflicted will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine who will go into quarantine and who will be monitored and put on restricted travel and interaction with the public.

Anyone coming from that region gets the 21 day quarantine. And I’m sorry, but that also includes our 3000 troops Dear Liar deployed to the region. And given how long Ebola can last in semen, it’s condoms or abstinence for the young men for what, 60 days.

The way to deal with a pandemic is to take extraordinary measures before it becomes a pandemic. And that’s prudence, not panic, Shep.

rbj on October 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Actually, all it took was for a blue state to be hit with Ebola.

flipflop on October 25, 2014 at 8:33 AM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on October 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Obama and holder would love to sue both states for overriding the Feds. Other governors should try to provoke them. Atlanta is one of the destination airports; Deal should make this move and cement his re-election. If Obama sues, so much the better.

matthew8787 on October 25, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I was thinking the same thing matthew. Let’s start a countdown until Holder sues,along with the ACLU and Cair.

Mpcruden on October 25, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Note to Andy Cuomo – Move to protect your residents FIRST and complain to the President AFTER THAT.

Doing it the other way around shows that you have no idea what the powers of the Governor and the State government actually ARE.

Doing the ‘right thing’ only once all the wrong options are exhausted is NOT a good way to govern.

ajacksonian on October 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Did they hug at the end?

pain train on October 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Who would have thought that in order for the United States to finally do something more substantial in terms of travel restrictions from Ebola affected nations we would have to rely on the dynamic duo of… Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie?

HA!

Only restricting flights from Ebola Zones won’t happen because that would require securing the border and an election is coming up and democrats need as many illegals voting at the polls as they can muster….And the GOP needs cheaper labor to satisfy the demands of the Chamber of Commerce.

*blech*

workingclass artist on October 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Deal should make this move and cement his re-election.
matthew8787 on October 25, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Absolutely! And all the commonsense possessing governors should do the same. They will be the leaders. The public will approve and finally the-drag-your-feet act-only-when-it-is-already-too-late Obama administration will quietly do the same under the pressure. Then O will claim credit when the Ebola threat recedes. Someone has to lead by being decisive instead of dithering. GOP governors can show their worth.

KW64 on October 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM

So they’ll fly into DC, MD, or Philly and hop the train.

SDN on October 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

But I thought travel restrictions were racist and ineffective?

Star Bird on October 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

But to see Cuomo override the CDC was something of a shock.

No worries! President Jarrett will make him pay.

GarandFan on October 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Finally.

Christie just redeemed himself.

PattyJ on October 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Cuomo was a bit long winded and technical in his announcement, as is his wont. Christie, as you would expect, was a bit more blunt.

“You don’t have to hit us across the head more than once,” he said.

Yes I do, actually. But that has nothing to do with this story…

Red Widow on October 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Once again, the rat-eared impostor posing as our so-called president has done nothing, and will continue to do nothing.

This is shameful farce.

electricfunksandwich on October 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Speaking of isolation, has anyone seen Dr. Tom Frieden recently?

justltl on October 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

So,…maybes quarantine the flights and the Big Apple,
might have this licked!
(sarc)

canopfor on October 25, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I know this is petty but Cuomo should speak less, I find his voice (not his fault) very distracting.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2014 at 10:08 AM

O/T This morning on Fox & Friends they had this liberal tree hugger on to promote some films on nature. Oddly enough Tucker Carlson was not part of the interview. I’ve been laughing at the possibilities all morning. I do realize that this person probably wouldn’t even have realized it if Tucker had been allowed to exquisitely destroy the narrative. One talking point from Mensa member actor (not really) “Man needs nature, nature doesn’t need man”.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Hmmmmm,..:

https://twitter.com/AP_Politics

AP Politics @AP_Politics · 7m 7 minutes ago

Illinois imposes 21-day quarantine on those who had direct contact with Africa Ebola patients: http://apne.ws/1nEudn6
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: October 24, 2014 – 11:42 pm
Last Updated: October 24, 2014 – 11:46 pm

CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced a 21-day quarantine for those who’ve had direct contact with West Africa Ebola patients.

Illinois’ action on Friday follows that of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh).
(More,,,)
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http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/16ec67ed0e50465d87434bab58ae0ab5/IL–Ebola-Travelers-Quarantine-Illinois/

canopfor on October 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

This will be known as the moment when Obama became truly irrelevant; When even the Socialist’s stepped out of (his) line.

Lame Duck.

Carnac on October 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

And by that above comment, I mean that only a blue state could get away with actions that would be described as racist if taken by a red state.

flipflop on October 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

…aaannnnddd the media and other liberals going forward will now turn on a dime, and in the future chide Rick Perry for not being as forceful and decisive about having Texas issue (formerly racist) quarantines overriding the CDC as Andrews Cuomo or even Christie. Because now that it’s their health and lives on the line, the old rules (as in, three-week old rules) don’t apply anymore.

jon1979 on October 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM

They quarantine the workers because they know they have been near ebola shedders, albeit in protective gear. No brainer, but you are still not quarantining the Duncans based only on having no proof that they’ve been in contact with ebola shedders.

That would have been fallacious reasoning even if we hadn’t experienced a Duncan yet.

Buddahpundit on October 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

On that webiste that shall not be named, this story is buried under US news with the highly deceptive headline…

“Should health care workers who treat Ebola in Africa be quarantined?”

The lede of this story is the steps the governors of NJ and NY took, not a questions to the readers about if healthcare workers should be quarantined.

The lefty media is going to make sure they help the president get people killed.

Walter L. Newton on October 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

They quarantine the workers because they know they have been near ebola shedders, albeit in protective gear. No brainer, but you are still not quarantining the Duncans based only on having no proof that they’ve been in contact with ebola shedders.

That would have been fallacious reasoning even if we hadn’t experienced a Duncan yet.

Buddahpundit on October 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Did you read the WHOLE article…

New York and New Jersey state health department staff will be present on the ground at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey. In addition to implementing the mandatory quarantine of health care workers and others who had direct contact with Ebola patients, health department officials in each state will determine whether others travelers should be hospitalized or quarantined.

Guess not.

Walter L. Newton on October 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I have a question. Do the media folks who go over to help fight this horrible disease do this as their livings or is it a volunteer situation? The reason I ask is if is a volunteer situation it seems as if it would really hurt their finances to add 21 days of no work onto the time already given. It could really hurt the fight at the source which we are being told is the important part.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I have a question. Do the media folks who go over to help fight this horrible disease do this as their livings or is it a volunteer situation? The reason I ask is if is a volunteer situation it seems as if it would really hurt their finances to add 21 days of no work onto the time already given. It could really hurt the fight at the source which we are being told is the important part.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Full-time employees of news organizations are required to take assignments given to them by their editor, or probably lose their jobs.

Stringers and contractors pick up what work they can, or want.

Walter L. Newton on October 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Rush predicted this when Ebola first came to Texas. It would take an infection in the heart of east coast power to get them to take this seriously instead of just trying to placate the public with assurances that “all is weellll!”

Mord on October 25, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Nothing was preventing red-state Texas from enacting stronger restrictions and protocols than the Feds were calling for after Duncan arrived at the Dallas airport.

The Feds continue to drop the ball, so the governors are stepping in. Knock off the conservative conspiracy theories that only blue states matter, and don’t fall for Limbaugh’s pathetic attempts to stir up his listeners.

Meredith on October 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Newton, how would the authorities know whether or not the non-worker arrival was around an ebola shedder?

Not exactly related to Sir Isaac, are you?

Buddahpundit on October 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Walter L. Newton on October 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Good grief, I am so sorry. I meant MEDICAL folks. Geez Louise!

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Meredith on October 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Yeah, sit back and watch. CDC has regroup rather quickly but I don’t think Texas should be blamed for following what they were given as the Hospital Zero in this mess any more then Mr. Duncan for dying for being less than honest in his attempts to get to the US

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

New York, and New Jersey based on employment of its citizens in New York, is a little bit different because of the sheer numbers of people crammed close together in public transportation. Not that should count because you can’t catch Ebola that way.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Was there tongue?

CurtZHP on October 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Trouble in Yankeeville…

claudius on October 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

So casual communication of the disease is difficult, but not impossible. Keep that in mind.

Now consider that every surviving patient in the US has made the connection between a sudden high fever and what they were doing (taking care of a patient) or where they were (West African country).

Now, what happens if some poor soul catches it from persons unknown. Say, for instance from the bowling alley or the restaurant they doctor visited.

First instinct is to see the temperature spike to be just a flu like the dozens of flus the person has suffered through over their lifetime. It won’t be until the serious symptoms emerge that they seek treatment.

By that time, they’ve infected others – perhaps others who didn’t know they were in contact with an infected individual – and so it spreads.

kurtzz3 on October 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

The sign language guy was a fake…again…these jackarse amateurs cant even vet the interpetor, im sure ISIS is taking note on how to get toi the podium really easily.
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/10/24/sign-language-interpreter-goes-viral-during-de-blasio-ebola-press-conference/

malkinmania on October 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

If AZ can’t patrol its border, then what allows NY and NJ to patrol theirs?

InDubly on October 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Meanwhile, in the “Difference Between How Red States and Blue States Handle Emergencies” category…

Bellevue staffers call-in ‘sick’ after Ebola arrives

Gee…didn’t see THAT coming…

Newtie and the Beauty on October 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

The sign language guy was a fake…again…these jackarse amateurs cant even vet the interpetor, im sure ISIS is taking note on how to get toi the podium really easily.
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/10/24/sign-language-interpreter-goes-viral-during-de-blasio-ebola-press-conference/

malkinmania on October 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

That there is a pretty special level of fail.

ctwelve on October 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Morgueanna • 40 minutes ago

PLEASE READ: This man is a REAL interpreter and he is DEAF. His name is Jonathan Lamberton and he is a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). He and other CDI’s work with hearing interpreters so that the final Sign Language product is pure. His hearing partner listens to the hearing individual, then signs what they said to Jonathan. He then interprets it in pure American Sign Language for the Deaf watching. That is why you see him signing to someone in the audience- it is his partner. CDI’s are really wonderful, hard working Deaf individuals who help clarify and better interpret the message. As someone who is learning to be an ASL interpreter, my dream is to work with a CDI as their skills are far and away the best compared to any hearing interpreter. PLEASE do not bash him or call him fake!

Some comments about the interpreter from this commenter might explain the reactions.

Barred on October 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

So the unnamed health worker who came through Sierra Leone on Friday, developed a fever later Friday. I’m glad they quarantined her and I hope she doesn’t have ebola but how does quarantining her after she arrived help those on the plane with her. She was probably contagious on the plane.

hopeful on October 25, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Obligatory.

Bmore on October 26, 2014 at 10:44 PM

The way to deal with a pandemic is to take extraordinary measures before it becomes a pandemic. And that’s prudence, not panic, Shep.

rbj on October 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

ABSOLUTLEY RIGHT!!

The attitude of the gal now quarantined by the new NY/NJ measure exposes the irresponsibility of the “doctors without borders” group, which apparently cares nothing about US citizens and considers that somehow they have a right to infect others…because they are doctors and holier than thou!!! This alone is reason enough to insist on MANDATORY QUARANTINE for all coming from the infected areas of the globe with no exceptions.

As for the “its hard to get” meme: nobody has explained how people in full moon suits got infected. And if bodily fluids CAN transmit the infection, what about the sweat left on airline armrests, headrests, as well as similar surfaces in every other form of transportation??? And what about the bowling balls, subway seats and handles, doors, handrails, and other surfaces touched by the ebola-infected NY physician who decided to go out on the town instead of quarantining himself.

Exhaled air contains droplets, and the air supply in an airline is RECIRCULATED!!! And I’d be willing to bet that NOBODY is scrubbing down and disinfecting the air supply of an airplane between stops. The “official” line is simply NOT CREDIBLE.

When the public health is in jeopardy, it is foolish to insist that any infection mode is impossible simply because you have not observed and documented it yet. By the time the necessary 21 day incubation period elapses (if THAT is correct: there is evidence that some fluids, like semen, are infectious MUCH LONGER…90 days+), huge numbers of people are put at risk. The object is to preserve the species and our society: NOT to sacrifice lives in the pursuit of misguided notions of Political Correctness.

And by the way, is TSA changing gloves between passenger pat-downs yet??

landlines on October 27, 2014 at 12:22 AM