No Ohio hospitals designated for Ebola treatment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has no facilities on the list of 35 U.S. hospitals that the federal government says have been designated as Ebola treatment centers.

Officials determined those facilities have the staff, equipment and training to safely and effectively provide care if new Ebola cases emerge. They say hospitals will be added to the list in the coming weeks to provide wider geographic coverage.

An Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch that the state is assessing which facilities are best positioned to handle potential Ebola cases. Spokeswoman Melanie Amato says the state is working on that with the Ohio Hospital Association.

Amato says a plan in the works would divide the state into eight regions with at least one designated hospital in each region.

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