Lincoln County Health officials Cheryl Connell and Rebecca Austen told Lincoln County Commissioners this week that Lincoln County is ready to act quickly and effectively if an Ebola case shows up on the coast. Connell said it is very unlikely to happen – but if it does, they’re ready for it.
Austen said that health professionals convened this week at Oregon Coast Community College with first responders and top medical officials from Pacific Communities and North Lincoln Hospitals. Austen says everybody’s being well trained on the protocols and procedures in the event an Ebola case erupts.
If one does materialize, the patient will be immediately transferred to a special unit at Good Sam Corvallis. No cases will remain on the coast. They’ll all go to the valley Connell said that if a case reaches Lincoln County, it will likely be carried by someone returning to the coast from West Africa. She reminded everyone that the disease is not contagious until the carrier starts showing symptoms, as illustrated above.
Connell said the medical community is sticking to the science surrounding Ebola and not rumors or politics about the disease. Connell said county health workers are participating in Ebola protocol webinars, networked phone calls, Governor Kitzhaber’s Office and valley hospitals to stay up to the minute on what’s happening with Ebola. Austen said County Emergency Services Manager Jenny Demaris is ensuring all lines of communication are open and effective in relaying critical information in the event of a case appearing in the county and that the Sheriff’s community communications network called Everbridge is ready anytime to alert county residents when any information breaks on the issue.
Connell summed it up: “We’re ready.”