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October 16th, 2014
09:06 PM ET

People exposed to Thomas Duncan are being asked to sign this document

Each person at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan is being given this document to sign. It is a court order from the state of Texas and it includes measures to not go into large public places or travel. IMG_9889


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  1. Editor

    This thing is NOT a court order. It is not signed by a JUDGE. It is signed by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. It isn't even an ORDER. No. 5 says that anyone who does not comply MAY be subject to a "communicable disease control order." Note the use of the word MAY.

    Note also, that the signature line appears to be for the person who is PRESENTING the notice to the health care worker. The photo is cut off at the bottom. There is no visible signature line for the person who has RECEIVED the document.

    In other words: This document is not legally binding. It's a polite request. It does say that if the person doesn't comply, then the health department MAY issue an order. But that hasn't actually happened.

    These things matter. The health department cannot issue a "court order." It may have the authority to issue an ADMINISTRATIVE order, but that is not the same thing.

    Time for AC360 to go back to high school and review the three branches of government: executive, judicial and legislative. The health department is an executive agency. Also time to review the concept of DUE PROCESS. In this country, we don't lock people up–even in their own homes–without an opportunity for a hearing.

    This piece of paper doesn't mean very much.

    October 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm |
  2. joeval8105

    I would not sign the document unless someone at the CDC explained why the procedure changed so much. When the first Ebola patient was discovered the CDC would not release flight information because he was not a danger to anyone due to not having a fever. Now the health care workers are considered dangerous just because they were around an Ebola patient. I would much rather Anderson investigate what changed instead of just saying the nurse who travelled lacked common sense. Based on all the facts at the time her travel did not pose any danger. Why did that change?

    October 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm |
  3. jay137

    What is the current condition of the family members of Thomas Duncan, that he was staying with in the apartment when he arrived in Dallas ? ... Does anyone know ? I havent heard anything since they left the apartment ?

    October 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm |

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