The governors of New York and New Jersey announced Friday afternoon that they were ordering all people entering the country through two area airports who had direct contact with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to be quarantined.The announcement comes one day after an American doctor, who had worked in Guinea and returned to New York City earlier in October, tested positive for Ebola and became the first New York patient of the deadly virus.“A voluntary Ebola quarantine is not enough,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York. “This is too serious a public health situation.”Outlined in a late afternoon news conference, the new protocols raised a host of questions about how, exactly, the screening process would work and who, exactly, it would target. The two airports in question are Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.The rapid escalation of screening measures came as a surprise after a day in which public officials had gone to great lengths to ease public anxiety.It was also taken without consulting the New York City health department, according to a senior city official.
Here's a problem with the plan:
! RT @Giambusso: Curious where @GovChristie & @NYGovCuomo derive the authority to quarantine out-of-state residents? My guess is they don't
— Azi (@Azi) October 24, 2014
Both of these guys are so used to breaking the law and getting their own way on things, perhaps they think they can pull this off.
But just where do they get the authority to force a mandatory 21 day quarantine on people who they think may have had direct contact with Ebola patients?