The Princeton Police Department, in conjunction with the Princeton Health Department, is enforcing the mandatory quarantine that was issued by the state Friday night for NBC Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman and her crew.
Snyderman and two crew members were quarantined Friday night after the New Jersey Health Department has issued a mandatory quarantine order. The mandatory order was issued after a voluntary 21-day isolation agreement was violated.
Police are regularly patrolling the area where Snyderman and her crew are quarantined. Contrary to rumors, an officer has not been stationed outside Snyderman’s residence to enforce the quarantine. A nurse is visiting to monitor temperatures on a daily basis and other health officials have visited Snyderman and her crew.
“We are acting in conjunction with the health department to insure the quarantine stays in effect and is secure,” Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter said. “We have increased patrols in the area given the attention the area is getting. Basically, if the health department needed any assistance with security issues, we would be responsible for that.”
A spokeswoman for the state health department told the The Associated Press Friday night that Snyderman and her crew remain symptom-free and that there is no reason for concern of exposure to the deadly virus to the community. Citing privacy concerns, the spokeswoman would not give further details, including who violated the agreement and how the state learned of a violation.
Snyderman and her crew were reporting in Liberia about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa with Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman who was infected with the disease. He is now being treated in Omaha, Nebraska. After Mukpo came down with the disease on Oct. 1, the head of NBC announced in a letter that Snyderman and the rest of her crew would voluntarily be isolated for 21 days. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people exposed to the virus develop symptoms two to 21 days after their exposure. The risk of exposure for other members of the NBC crew was considered to be very low.
The isolation deal was made with the CDC, state and local health officials.
“Unfortunately, the NBC crew violated this agreement and so the Department of Health today issued a mandatory quarantine order to ensure that the crew will remain confined until Oct. 22,” the spokeswoman for the New Jersey Health Department told the Associated Press.
NBC has refused to comment on the issue, citing privacy concerns.
Several Planet Princeton readers reported seeing Snyderman in public last week. One reader saw Snyderman sitting in her car outside of the Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro Thursday afternoon. A reader reported that a man who was with her got out of the car and went inside the restaurant to pick up a take-out order. Another man was in the back seat of her black Mercedes. Snyderman had sunglasses on and had her hair pulled back, the reader said.