Nine people now under voluntary quarantine after Ebola patient’s NE Ohio visit

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AKRON, Ohio -- Summit County health officials said that all people who came into contact with the latest Ebola patient have been located and interviewed, and there are still no Ebola cases confirmed in Northeast Ohio.

Thursday night, the number of people under voluntary quarantine rose to nine; seven in Summit County, two in Cuyahoga County.  Those people have been been identified as having come in contact with Amber Vinson.

The woman's mother also came in contact with her, but is currently in Dallas. She has no symptoms of the Ebola virus.

Summit County Public Health Director Dr. Margo Erme also said at a press conference that anyone NOT identified as having come in contact with the patient are not at risk.

"People who came in contact with contacts are also not at risk," she said.

At an updated press conference Thursday afternoon, it was revealed that Vinson visited Coming Attractions bridal shop in Akron on Oct. 11. Anyone who was there from noon - 3:30 is asked to call the health department.

The store was closed Thursday.

Vinson, 29, was one of the nurses who helped care for patient Thomas Eric Duncan. He died from Ebola on Oct. 8.

Vinson flew from Dallas/Fort Worth to Cleveland on Oct. 10 to visit family and plan her wedding. She made the return trip on Oct. 13 from Cleveland to Dallas/Forth Worth.

Officials said she was in town to plan for her wedding, visiting family in Tallmadge.

Erme said Thursday that Vinson's "time spent in the community, she was aware what she went through in Dallas, so when she was here, she was very careful."

Vinson said during interviews with health officials that she spent most of her time in her family's Tallmadge home. She did visit one retail establishment with friends: those friends have been contacted, and the store has voluntarily closed.

"Remember, she is a health care worker who knew she had potentially been exposed," said Erme. "It seems she was a very conscientious person and seemed to limit her activity here."

Out of an abundance of caution, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has asked all passengers on Vinson's return flight, Frontier Airlines flight 1143, to call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Meanwhile, Summit County Public Health is also staffing a hotline to answer questions and concerns.

The number 330-926-3939 will be staffed from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. until further notice.

Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or the eyes, nose or mouth) with bodily fluids.

Health officials say a person is only contagious when showing symptoms.

Vinson reported a slightly elevated fever of 99.5 before her return trip, but the CDC doesn’t consider a fever a symptom of Ebola until it hits 100.4.

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Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:41 am

Health officials: Know the family is going through a hard time, so we want you to keep them in your thoughts.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:41 am

Health officials: The Ebola patient arrived on the 10th, left on the 13th. The patient has also been interviewed.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:42 am

Health officials: The patient was not at pizza parlors, at stores, at restaurants. She was at home. The time she spent in the community she was aware what she went through in Dallas, so when she was here she was very careful.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:43 am

Health officials: She did go to one retail establishment in Summit County with friends, and five individuals have been contacted and are in voluntary quarantines. The owners of the establishment are not working. Don’t know what contact they had with her.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:44 am

Health officials: Still no cases of Ebola in Summit County.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:45 am

Dr. Margo Erme, Summit County Public Health: All people who came in contact with the patient have been reached. People who have not been contacted as a potential contact to the patient, are not really at a risk. People who came in contact with contacts are not at risk.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:46 am

Erme: We have no cases. We have identified contacts to the patient. People who have concerns can call the Summit County Public Health call center at 330-926-3939.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:48 am

Erme: Contacts have all been interviewed, but officials will continue to keep in touch with the contacts.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:49 am

Erme: So far there are 5 in Summit County, 2 in Cuyahoga County that had contact with the woman. Plus her mother, who is still in Dallas.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:51 am

Erme: The mother has no symptoms. Incubation period is 2 to 21 days. The mother still has no symptoms.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:54 am

Erme: Remember, she is a health care worker who knew she had potentially been exposed. It seems she was a very conscientious person and seemed to limit her activity here.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201410:55 am

Erme: It appears she took her responsibility very seriously.

Darcie Loreno October 16, 201411:04 am

Press conference concludes.