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Hoover HS employee who traveled on same aircraft as Ebola nurse, returning to work

Schools cleaning to ensure removal of potential Ebola virus. (Source: MGN Online) Schools cleaning to ensure removal of potential Ebola virus. (Source: MGN Online)
NORTH CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The Hoover High School staff member who potentially traveled on the same aircraft, although not the same flight as the Texas nurse, will be permitted to come back to work. 

After an interview with the individual to assess any potential threat of transmission, Sherry A. Smith, Director of Nursing Services for the Stark County Health Department, said the staff member “poses no exposure risk” and can safely return to work.

The Stark County Health Department has been working closely with local, state and federal partners to monitor the Ebola situation as it relates to Ohio. 

“There is currently no known threat to the public's health that should cause any change in activities, such as closing or canceling school, events or activities planned in the community,” said Smith in an email to Stark County school administrators.

“We want our families to rest assured that, per the local and state health officials, we have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” said Superintendent Michael Hartenstein.  “The presence of this staff member in our school poses no threat to our students.  We will continue to pass on the facts and information we receive about the virus to our families.”

 The Stark County Health Department has directed those with questions to contact their Communicable Disease staff at 330-493-9914 ext. 246 or ext. 287. 

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