Here's a quick guide to the states that have specified their own protocols for people traveling from West Africa, and how significantly those policies differ from the CDC recommendations.
The most restrictive policies:
New York: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday announced a mandatory 21-day quarantine for all health care workers returning from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Facing criticism, Cuomo clarified his policy Sunday, saying asymptomatic individuals could choose where to spend their quarantine. Those who are symptomatic upon arrival will be immediately transported to a hospital and quarantined there, while individuals who had direct contact with Ebola patients but do not present with symptoms will be permitted to return home to complete their quarantine, with at least two unannounced visits from local health officials each day to check on their symptoms and ensure they're following the quarantine. Quarantined individuals will receive financial reimbursements for the 21-day period.
Those who did not have direct contact with Ebola patients will be actively monitored twice a day by health officials for the 21-day period, and quarantined if deemed necessary.
New Jersey: Like New York, New Jersey will quarantine all health workers returning from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
The state has been at the center of the debate over quarantine protocols after Kaci Hickox, a 33-year-old nurse returning from working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, was quarantined at a tent at University Hospital in Newark for three days following a forehead scan that showed an elevated temperature. She tested negative in two preliminary Ebola tests and has not shown any symptoms of the virus, but was held inside the tent for three days before being released to her home in Maine.
Christie remains unapologetic, and committed to the state's quarantine policy. "I don't care what happens. We are not changing our policy," he said Wednesday. "This is our policy. It will be our policy as long as this crisis is going on."
Maine: Gov. Paul LePage said Maine will follow CDC guidelines for returning health care workers and set up an at-home quarantine and monitoring system.
LePage has called the state's quarantine "voluntary," as is advised by the CDC, but the governor said he plans to seek legal authority to enforce Hickox's at-home quarantine until Nov. 10 after she defied the quarantine order by taking a bike ride Thursday morning. Hickox said she is prepared to go to court to fight such an order if necessary.
Georgia: Atlanta is one of the five cities through which people are allowed to enter the U.S. from West Africa. Once they land, "high-risk" travelers—those who had direct contact with an Ebola patient—are subject to a 21-day quarantine, regardless of whether they wore protective gear or are displaying any symptoms. Health care workers must self-check for symptoms and will be observed by the state health department, in person or on video, every day for 21 days.