Is Chenango ready for Ebola?

NORWICH – Although midterm elections have recently been the spotlight of news media, the Chenango County Department of Public Health is keeping the threat of Ebola at the forefront with a plan to deal with the crisis should it enter the area.

Marcas Flindt, Director of the Chenango County Department of Public Health, has been coordinating efforts with UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, area EMS providers, the New York State Health Department and local law enforcement to have an action plan in place. Despite there being no signs of the Ebola virus in the county, he said the department still hopes for the best but it is planning for the worst.

“We don’t know the possibility of Ebola in the county and therefore, the health department, the hospital and EMS are all preparing if it ever does come about,” Flindt said.

The county’s action plan comes subsequent to orders issued last month by the New York State Commissioner of Health. Those orders outline the steps and procedures that must be adhered to by local health departments and hospitals in anticipation of the Ebola virus.

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