The health officer for the town of Princeton will attend the Princeton Council meeting tonight to update officials about the mandatory quarantine of NBC Chief Medical Expert Nancy Snyderman and her crew, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert told reporters at her regular press meeting this afternoon.
Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser is slated to speak near the beginning of the public meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room at the town municipal building located at 400 Witherspoon Street.
“The important thing to stress is that thankfully they remain symptom free,” Lempert said of Snyderman and her crew. “We know Ebola can only be transmitted when someone is exhibiting symptoms. The public is not in any danger.”
Lempert, who performed the wedding for Snyderman’s daughter in Snyderman’s Princeton home this June, declined to address specifics about the quarantine when a reporter asked if she was disappointed that Snyderman violated her voluntary confinement agreement.
“This is a difficult issue and we have to be careful with health issues and privacy issues. The most important thing is protecting the public’s health,” Lempert said.
Asked about whether employees from NBC were at Snyderman’s house performing any kind of security or other duties, Princeton Administrator Bob Bruschi said that is not the town’s business. “To our knowledge it’s her and whoever else is living in the house,” he said. “We’re not concerned about that. If they are, they are.”
The Princeton Police Department and the Princeton Health Department have been enforcing the mandatory quarantine issued by the New Jersey Department of Health Friday night. Asked whether a police officer is stationed at the house, Bruschi said officers are conducting their regular patrols in the sector and are not doing anything unusual.
Residents who live in Snyderman’s neighborhood said they have seen a police car on the street in front of Snyderman’s house regularly. They reported that a police car was parked in front of the house several times today. One resident said a police car has been there all day. Bruschi said it is not true. He said the patrol is mostly for crowd control, to monitor her home and make sure crowds aren’t gathering there.
“On Oct. 22, everything will be back to normal,” Bruschi said of the quarantine end date.
“Obviously there is a lot of public interest. We want to see the correct information getting out there,” Lempert said as she went on to describe the difference between voluntary self-confinement and a quarantine order.
“We did not have any enforcement authority before with the voluntary self-confinement,” Lempert said. “With the quarantine we do.”
Snyderman and her crew agreed to a voluntary 21-day quarantine but were spotted by Planet Princeton readers in a black Mercedes with two other men during lunch time Thursday, Oct. 9. Her car was double-parked. She was in the driver’s seat, and a man in the front passenger seat got out of the car and went in to the Peasant Grill to pick up a take out order. Another man was in the back seat, a reader reported.
The state issued a mandatory quarantine order the next night.