South Carolina’s government held its latest public meeting Monday on dealing with any possible outbreak of Ebola cases that could appear in the state.
At a roundtable discussion on the Ebola crisis, Governor Nikki Haley restated that South Carolina is staying on top of the situation. “I feel very, very good that we are preparing.” Haley said.
Haley said the chances of any Ebola cases in South Carolina are slim, but the state must be prepared to deal with it. “I hope this is an issue we never have to deal with, but we are going to prepare for it as if we do, and we are going to make sure we are doing everything we can.” The governor said.
Thornton Kirby of the South Carolina Hospital Association said preparing for any possible cases is an ongoing process. “Even though we are prepared based on what we know, we know every day we have to wake up and get a little more prepared based on what comes in that next day,” he told the governor’s Cabinet members. For instance, he noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing new guidelines this week which will now require healthcare workers to be completely covered by protective garb while treating Ebola cases.
Kirby said that hospitals in South Carolina are ready for any possible cases. “Hospitals are prepared in this state. And as soon as I say that I have to say also we have to remain prepared every day.” Kirby said at the discussion.
Among the state agencies briefing the public Monday were the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control (DHEC), Emergency Management Division, and the National Guard. Also presenting were the South Carolina Hospital Association.
DHEC and the Medical University of South Carolina announced last week that MUSC would serve as the point hospital for any Ebola patients who do surface in the state.
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