Federal Officials Unveil Tiering System for Triaging Ebola Patients

Federal health officials released a risk scale Monday designed to smooth out state efforts to fight Ebola while bolstering the Obama administration’s plea for calm, even as the Pentagon quarantined troops returning from the West African epicenter of the outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommend home isolation for people who may have been exposed to the deadly virus and active monitoring for those at more moderate levels of risk.

It is unclear if the recommendations will work in practice, as states such as New York and New Jersey have already shown they are willing to enforce stricter quarantine measures to combat the disease — and the fear it brings — than the Obama administration wanted.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal introduced a three-tier risk scale Monday that aligns with the federal guidance to a degree, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, also a Republican, offered no apologies to a nurse who said she was treated inhumanely when quarantined by the state before hopping on private transport to Maine. In New York City, tensions rose before a feverish 5-year-old boy who just returned from Guinea tested negative for the deadly virus.