CLEVELAND, Ohio — The second Dallas health care worker with Ebola, Amber Vinson, 29, was on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday — the day before she reported symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
City of Cleveland authorities at a press conference earlier in the day Wednesday said Vinson was not contagious when she was in Northeast Ohio. Summit County health officials said she was in the Akron area visiting family and stayed at a home in Tallmadge. One of her relatives is under self-quarantine, but no one has shown symptoms here in Northeast Ohio.
Police were outside the Tallmadge home on Wednesday. Tallmadge Mayor David Kline spoke to reporters outside the home Wednesday night, confirming that Vinson was at the home; he does not know who lives in the home.
Mayor Kline is asking neighbors who felt they had any contact with Vinson to call the hotline. The call line is 330-926-3939.
**Go to the bottom of this page for details from that press conference and watch videos from both city and county officials**
Director of Public Health Toinette Parrilla said Vinson was also in town preparing for her wedding.
She’s a graduate of Firestone High School and Kent State University.
Her dates of travel were Oct. 10th to 13th. The board of health is working with the Summit County Health Department to identify points of travel and locate people who had contact with the patient.
The woman “exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness while on Flight 1143, according to the crew,” Frontier Airlines said in a statement. Later, the airline said it was informed by the CDC that Vinson may have had symptoms on the flight.
She flew from Dallas-Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier Flight 1142 on October 10.
Passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 have been asked to contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Wednesday night, it was announced that several nurses from the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth System and Aultman Hospital were on the Oct. 10 flight with Vinson.
The plane she flew on traveled to Atlanta on Wednesday; the flight to Denver was cancelled.
The number to call is 1-800-CDC-INFO.
According to an official, Vinson called the CDC before her flight from Cleveland reporting a temperature of 99.5. She was not told not to get on the plane.
However, during a news conference Wednesday, the CDC said the patient should not have traveled on a commercial airplane because she helped care for patient Thomas Eric Duncan.
“Ebola is hard to fight but we know how to fight it and we know how to beat it,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said. He added the situation changes every day, and the CDC will always share what it knows.
The Summit County Public Health has established an information line for the public. The call line is 330-926-3939.
This local ebola information line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. until further notice.
Vinson was involved in the care of a Liberian man who died of Ebola last week at a Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
A release from Frontier sent to the media Wednesday morning states:
“On the morning of Oct. 14, the second healthcare worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the second healthcare worker who tested positive last night for Ebola traveled by air Oct. 13, the day before she reported symptoms.
Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning, CDC is reaching out to passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 13.
CDC is asking all 132 passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on October 13 (the flight route was Cleveland to Dallas Fort Worth and landed at 8:16 p.m. CT) to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636). After 1 p.m. ET, public health professionals will begin interviewing passengers about the flight, answering their questions, and arranging follow up. Individuals who are determined to be at any potential risk will be actively monitored.
The healthcare worker exhibited no signs or symptoms of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew. Frontier is working closely with CDC to identify and notify passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 on Oct. 13. Passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 should contact CDC at 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636).
Frontier Airlines Statement
“At approximately 1:00 a.m. MT on October 15, Frontier was notified by the CDC that a customer traveling on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 has since tested positive for the Ebola virus. The flight landed in Dallas/Fort Worth at 8:16 p.m. local and remained overnight at the airport having completed its flying for the day at which point the aircraft received a thorough cleaning per our normal procedures which is consistent with CDC guidelines prior to returning to service the next day. It was also cleaned again in Cleveland last night. Previously the customer had traveled from Dallas Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on October 10.
Customer exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew. Frontier responded immediately upon notification from the CDC by removing the aircraft from service and is working closely with CDC to identify and contact customers who may traveled on flight 1143.
Customers who may have traveled on either flight should contact CDC at 1 800 CDC-INFO.
The safety and security of our customers and employees is our primary concern. Frontier will continue to work closely with CDC and other governmental agencies to ensure proper protocols and procedures are being followed.”