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Gov. Cuomo eases New York’s Ebola quarantine policy

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NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has loosened restrictions for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered Friday.

Cuomo said Sunday night that the health care workers will be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring from medical professionals. The state will also pay for any lost compensation, if they are not paid by a volunteer organization. On Friday, Cuomo had said the workers would be held in a government-regulated facility.

The governor had criticized Dr. Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, for not obeying a 21-day voluntary quarantine.

On Sunday, he struck a more conciliatory tone, calling the health care workers "heroes" and saying his administration would encourage more medical workers to volunteer to fight Ebola.