City officials give final briefing on Ebola monitoring in NE Ohio

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other local officials Wednesday provided a final briefing on the Ebola situation in NE Ohio.

At one point, 164 people were being monitored after having come into contact with Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, who contracted Ebola and traveled through Northeast Ohio.

Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola after a visit to the Akron-area between Oct. 10 and Oct. 13. She’d cared for the patient who died from the virus.

The 21-day monitoring period for those who came in contact with Vinson expired yesterday.

Since the situation first hit, EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton says over $158,000 has been spent on new and additional protective health equipment for safety workers to use in the case of any future Ebola threats.

They said experience made the region and city stronger, and elevated the area’s emergency preparedness to the next level.

Cleveland Health Director Toinette Parrilla said officials are confident they’re better-prepared to handle such cases in the future.

“What’s next? To focus on flu,” she said.

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