State health comissioner: “Ebola scare at Yale changes everything”

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–The state public health commissioner says the patient scare at Yale-New Haven Hospital changes everything.

“That raises the concern for everyone in the state regardless of what we say we’ve been doing to prepare,” said Dr. Jewel Mullen.

With a public health emergency already declared, Gov. Dannel Malloy and the public health commissioner are now directing that all the state’s hospitals have all their employees ready to receive a potential Ebola patient.

“I am directing every hospital in the state of Connecticut to conduc a drill within the next seven days, I would hope that would do it within the next 48 hours,” said Governor Dannel Malloy D-Connecticut.

The Governor says Yale New Haven was prepared to receive a CDC rapid response team and will be again if needed anytime. “We have already been in contact with the CDC, if there is an initial finding that Ebola is present, that team will be dispatched to Connecticut, we will be ready to receive it,” said the Governor.

The state public health commissioner says that her office has given direct guidance to all registered nurses in the state and everyone else that might come into contact with a potential ebola patient.

“That includes communications that we have been sending out to EMS, to all of the acute care hospitals, to the more than 14-thousand physicians,” said Dr. Mullen.

The state’s info line (dial 2-1-1) is now prepared to answer questions about Ebola, as is its companion website;
www.211ct.org

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