Ebola scare called a ‘wake-up call’ for Ohio and the entire country

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AKRON- Akron City and Summit County leaders held an informational meeting Thursday night at Firestone High School to explain why a local elementary school was closed and what the CDC is telling them about the Ebola exposure.

“This is an unusual case,” said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. “The doctor who came here today implied there may be some new things they need to look at now based on this nurse.”

During the candid event, Akron Schools Superintendent David James also said the decision to cancel classes Thursday morning at Resnik Elementary was made by administrators and was not ordered by the health department.

“No one at Resnik is infectious,” said James. “There isn’t a problem. We’re just taking some extra precautions.”

Superintendent James said they closed Resnik to protect students and alleviate parents' fears, after learning a student’s parent came into contact with Ebola patient Amber Vinson at a store.  They didn’t want anyone to hear about the contact on the news and panic.

The school is being sanitized and will re-open Monday.


About 50 parents attended the meeting.

One mom, Elisha Banks said, “I feel confused because that girl (Amber Vinson) she had protective gear on and she still got exposed.”

Summit County Health Commissioner Gene Nixon said “that” is one of the mysteries being investigated by professionals from the CDC who are in town.

Commissioner Nixon called the situation “a wake-up call” for Ohio and the entire country.

Nine people are now being quarantined; seven are in Summit County and two are in Cuyahoga County.

According to Nixon, health officials are conducting daily in-person examinations of each person quarantined and are also calling them during the day to double check their temperature.  He said they want to know the moment there is any change.

A 24-hour hotline is being answered daily until 9 p.m. by professionals with the Summit County Health Department and after hours by experts with the Ohio Department of Health.

The number is:  330-926-3939

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