Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Joint Press Conference 10/20/2014 at 2:00 pm

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will be holding a joint press conference today at 2:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Media Room at  205 W St Clair Avenue.

Toinette Parrilla, Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Terry Allan, Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, will be updating the public on the Ebola response.

Who:

Director of Public Health, Toinette Parrilla

Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan

Assistant Director of Public Safety, Ed Eckart

What:

Update on the Ebola response

Where:

205 W St Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113
3rd Floor, Media Room

2:00 pm

Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Post Joint Press Conference Update 10/18/2014

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health held a joint press conference on October 18, 2014, to update the public on the response to the Ebola incident. Director Toinette Parrilla and Commissioner Terry Allan both spoke to on-going efforts between regional health care providers, state officials, CDC, and health departments to ensure that all area hospitals are prepared  capable to handle an Ebola outbreak.

“All major health care systems in the Cleveland region are prepared to deal with a positive case of Ebola in Northeast Ohio if one were to occur,” said Director of Public Health, Toinette Parilla. “Today, myself and Commissioner Allan met with representatives from the CDC as we toured the MetroHealth system and witnessed, first-hand, the capacity of our health networks to deal with an Ebola case from triage to delivery of service.” “While there are no current cases of Ebola in Northeast Ohio, we are more than ready to deal with one.”

Terry Allan, Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, reminded the public and media that the actual risk posed by Ebola is minimal. “To date, all of those who were in close contact with the Ms. Vinson are healthy,” said Commissioner Allan. “This is important to note because if these contacts are not ill then they do not pose a health risk.” Additionally, Commissioner Allan noted that those who are being monitored as close contacts in Dallas are healthy and nearing the end of their 21 day incubation period.

Assistant Director of Public Safety Ed Eckart spoke last and provided an update on the safety precautions taken by City of Cleveland first responders. “Today and tomorrow our Fire Department first responders will be finishing an educational session regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and operational protocol,” said Eckart. “We are constantly receiving feedback from our safety personnel and using that feedback to improve our response plans.”

The Emergency Operation Center and Joint Information Center of City the of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Board of Health is still operational and will continue to provide updates.

Local Northeast Ohio residents and visitors are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with general questions on the Ebola virus or contact the CDC for general information about Ebola at (800) CDC-INFO

Read all notes from today’s press conference here

 

Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Joint Press Conference 10/18/2014 at 3:30 pm

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will be holding a joint press conference today at 3:30 pm in the 3rd Floor Media Room at  205 W St Clair Avenue.

Toinette Parrilla, Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Terry Allan, Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, will be updating the public on the Ebola response.

Who:

Director of Public Health, Toinette Parrilla

Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan

What:

Update on the Ebola response

Where:

205 W St Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113
3rd Floor, Media Room

3:30 pm

Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Joint Press Conference 10/17/2014 at 2pm

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will be holding a joint press conference today at 2:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Media Room at  205 W St Clair Avenue.

Toinette Parrilla, Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Terry Allan, Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, will be updating the public on the Ebola response.

Who:

Director of Public Health, Toinette Parrilla

Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan

What:

Update on the Ebola response

Where:

205 W St Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113
3rd Floor, Media Room

2:00 pm

Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Post Joint Press Conference Update 10/16/2014

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health held a joint press conference on October 16, 2014, to update the public on the response to the Ebola incident. Director Toinette Parrilla and Commissioner Terry Allan reaffirmed that there are no current cases of Ebola in Northeast Ohio and that Public Health departments city, county, and state wide are taking all necessary precautions and working to inform the public on prevention methods for communicable disease.

“I encourage all Clevelanders to monitor their own health by going out and getting a flu-shot and practicing preventative health measures such as washing your hands and contacting your health provider if you notice a change in your personal health,” said Director of Public Health, Toinette Parrilla.

“We understand that residents and visitors may have questions and concerns regarding the Ebola virus.” “Local Northeast Ohio residents and visitors can dial 2-1-1 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with general questions or contact the CDC for general information about Ebola at (800) CDC-INFO

Read Facts about the Ebola Virus Here 

Commissioner of the Cuyahgoa County Board of Health Terry Allan reiterated the cooperation between city, county, and state health officials and outlined the efforts currently underway. “We are working to identify those who may be at risk through coming in close contact with this individual,” said Commissioner Terry Allan. “Because the Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, if you have not come into direct contact with this individual or anyone else from West Africa, you need to take that into consideration when evaluating your own risk.”

Assistant Director of Public Safety, Ed Eckart spoke on the efforts to protect first responders as they carry out their duties during this incident. “Although we are comfortable with the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) that we have in stock for our first responders, the Division of Public Safety has approved purchase orders to acquire additional supplies,” said Eckart. “In addition we have implemented Ebola awareness protocol for our safety forces.”

City of Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Join Incident Command will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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Read Division of EMS Ebola Protocol 

 Read Division of Police Ebola Protocol 

 

 

 

 

Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Joint Press Conference at 3pm

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will be holding a joint press conference today at 3:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Media Room at  205 W St Clair Avenue.

Toinette Parrilla, Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Terry Allan, Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, will be updating the public on the Ebola response.

Who:

Director of Public Health, Toinette Parrilla

Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan

What:

Update on the Ebola response

Where:

205 W St Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113
3rd Floor, Media Room

3:00 pm

October 15th, 2014, 7:30 pm: Cleveland-Cuyahoga Ebola Response Update

We understand residents and visitors in Northeast Ohio may have questions and concerns regarding Ebola following today’s news.

The CDC asked for the 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).

Local Northeast Ohio residents and visitors can dial 2-1-1 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with general questions.

In addition, our regional Public Health and Safety partners continue to track and monitor symptoms and illnesses. The Cleveland Division of EMS and the Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS) have already released call-taking protocols. Cleveland EMS had previously amended call-taking procedures in an effort to detect any symptoms as early as possible. The Cleveland EMS General Order to employees can be found HERE.

For future updates, please follow www.clecityhall.com.

Visit www.cdc.gov for facts and information about Ebola.