Cuyahoga County officials preparing for Ebola, "Tiered monitoring" for those who were in contact with Ebola patient

Cuyahoga County officials preparing for Ebola, "Tiered monitoring" for those who were in contact with Ebola patient

Cleveland Public Health Officials are continuing to keep the public abreast of the latest in updates concerning the Ebola crisis and it's connection to northeast Ohio. They held a press conference Friday afternoon.

The press conference announcements included the mention of  additional protective equipment for first responders.  Mayor Frank Jackson also stressed there are NO active cases of Ebola in our area.

Wednesday evening, Cleveland officials had a command staff meeting for emergency crews and will have interaction with front-line responders through the weekend.

"Specifically for police officers we have placed an order for Tyvek coveralls which is the recommended level of protection for first responders. They'll also be receiving face masks, eye protection, gloves and foot protection," said Ed Eckart, Cleveland's Assistant Director of Public Safety.

 The 911 process has also been adjusted to prioritize information about where the patient has traveled.

Hopkins Airport spokesperson Jackie Mayo says they have not seen a decline in passengers but have noticed that people are taking more precaution.

19 Action news reporter Jen Picciano reports that Vinson's movement through the airport cost $45,000 to decontaminate the area.

Frontier Airline Ebola Update:

"In response to receiving the Frontier Airline manifest log, Summit County Public Health in coordination with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has expanded the interview list to include all Summit County airline passengers on Frontier Airline Flight 1142 on October 10 from Dallas to Cleveland and Frontier Airline Flight 1143 on October 13 from Cleveland to Dallas. At this time based on the information collected by Summit County Public Health, there is no known threat to the public's health. The interviews are being conducted as an extreme precautionary measure. There is no additional risk to those passengers, their families, and contacts. There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Summit County, Ohio."

In the meantime, the Ohio Health Department is tracing the steps of Amber Vinson, the second nurse diagnosed with Ebola.

Now that the CDC wants to hear from those on Amber Vinson's flight to Cleveland in October 10, local public health officials will be helping to assess their risk.

"These may include active monitoring temps and limiting movement if the passenger has had direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of the case," said Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner, Terry Allen.

Local hospitals are using this time to standardize equipment, intake and other things like lab services. 

"I've been doing this for 34 years and I can tell you this is the first time in my experience all four hospital systems have gotten together and are all collaborating for a common platform," said Eckart. 

The Ohio Department of Health has activated a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans' questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information. 

The number for Ohioans to call is 1-866-800-1404.

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