Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson held a news conference after it was discovered that a nurse from Dallas, Texas traveled to Cleveland enroute to visit her family in Akron. According to airport staff, Amber Vinson, came in on a flight on October 8 and departed on October 13 not October 10 as first reported. Vinson had come to the area to visit her family in preparation of her wedding. Airport Director Ricky Smith reports the Frontier Airplane has been decontaminated twice and is expected to be put back into service to carry passengers to Atlanta.
Smith says that Vinson did not show any symptoms while at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport but the jet ways, passenger waiting areas and bathrooms are still being disinfected.
Mayor Jackson says that the city learned of the situation at 6 a.m. on Wednesday but waited until 2 p.m. to hold a press conference to ensure that the information was factual.
Airport service workers will now be wearing protective gloves as an added precaution.
Special equipment for Cleveland Fire and EMS has been put out for front-line workers and all 911 calls will be tracked to identify the demographics of any callers with Ebola-type symptoms.
Director of Public Health Toienette Parrilla says if you do not have direct contact with bodily fluids of someone with the Ebola virus you are not at risk. Parrilla went on to say that there are no reported cases of Ebola in the Cleveland area but the emergency command center has been activated and if needed quarantine measures will be implemented.