The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is closely monitoring the developments concerning cases of Ebola abroad and in the US.
Department director Catherine Templeton told the state senate Medical Affairs Committee Thursday that no cases of Ebola have been identified in South Carolina at this time. “DEHEC has been coordinating with the CDC since this summer to ensure that we are prepared as a state to deal with the possibility of an outbreak.” Templeton said.
If a case of Ebola is reported in South Carolina every hospital in the state is ready to handle it.
Thornton Kirby of the South Carolina Hospital Association told the state senate Medical Affairs Committee Thursday that his organization has been in contact with every acute hospital in the state to make sure they were prepared. “We hope that we’re not going to have any cases of Ebola in South Carolina, but if we do the hospitals are prepared to handle them. We have heard back in the last couple of days from every one of the acute care hospitals in our state, we know they have following along.” Kirby said.
Kirby went before the state senate Medical Affairs Committee to reassure them that the state’s hospital are on top of the situation.