Dear OSCA Members,
As you know just yesterday it was reported that a women visiting her family in Akron, Ohio has tested positive for the Ebola virus due to her caring for another Ebola victim in Dallas, Texas. Ebola, as you know, once contracted can be fatal which is why Ohio’s Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Health are currently taking appropriate steps to quarantine this virus and ensure the safety of all residents in the state of Ohio. Governor Kasich requested from the Centers for Disease Control a primary liaison to work with both Summit County and the Department of Health. This contact-tracing liaison will help identify anyone who has had any contact with the Ebola patient.
Just in the last few hours the Ohio Department of Health has issued recommended quarantine protocols for local health departments responding to suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola cases in Ohio. The ODH guidelines were developed in consultation with Ohio infectious disease experts and build on guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are the ODH guidelines for local health departments:
• For individuals with any direct physical contact with the index case (including brief contact such as a handshake without personal protective equipment), ODH recommends quarantine for 21 days after the last contact in conjunction with public health officials.
• For individuals without direct contact, but within a three foot radius of the index case (such as adjacent passengers in an airplane or car) for a prolonged period of time, ODH recommends twice-daily temperature-taking and symptom check (one observed by a public health official) for 21 days after the last contact with the index case.
• For individuals without direct contact but in the vicinity of the index case as indicated by a public health official, notification and self-monitoring is recommended.
As a healthcare provider it is recommended you take extreme caution and remain vigilant should you suspect a patient of yours is showing signs of Ebola. The call in phone number if you have questions or to report anything related to Ebola is: 1-866-800-1404.
Should you have any questions related to this email please feel free to contact me at 614-229-5290 or at Nicholas@oscachiro.org
Nicholas J. Strata, MBA
Director of Public Policy and State Government Affairs
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