Area employees take precautions after Ebola scare

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Two Akron-area FirstEnergy employees will remain home from work after possible contact with Ebola patient, Amber Vinson.

FirstEnergy says that Vinson visited with one of the employees during her stay. That employee was notified by the CDC; then a second employee was self-identified as possibly having contact.

The two employees do not have direct contact with customers. However, out of an abundance of caution, the company immediately requested that they remain home from work, with pay, through the incubation period, which is up to 21 days.

The company says it will provide employees with access to medical information, respond to any employee questions and concerns and implement other measures as needed.

Earlier Thursday, Summit County Health officials said nine people have been identified as having come in contact with Vinson: five in Summit County and two in Cuyahoga County. The woman’s mother also came in contact with her, but is currently in Dallas. She has no symptoms of the Ebola virus. All are under voluntary quarantine.

coverageMeanwhile, Sherwin-Williams says two of its Cleveland-based employees were on the Oct. 13 flight with Vinson.

As a precaution, the company asked the employees to work from home until they receive further information from health officials.

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