HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The State Department of Public Health has been communicating with the state’s hospitals for the past several weeks on what precautions to take for a patient that exhibits symptoms of Ebola.
Ten days ago, the Governor declared a public health emergency giving him and the state health department extraordinary powers.
“This declaration is specifically designed to give me the authority to quarantine or isolate individuals who might pose a threat to the public,” said Dr. Jewel Mullen, Commissioner of Public Health.
Under the declaration, the public health commissioner now has full authority to enforce a quarantine, isolating any member of the public, whether a Connecticut resident or visitor.
“We would absolutely use state or local police to enforce a quarantine,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy. “It’s in everyone’s best interest that we do that.”
The Governor said last week that one of the reasons for all this is that Connecticut has a very well-traveled population, and because of our proximity to the international airports in Boston and New York.
The health commissioner says there are just two criteria for a quarantine.
“Because of an exposure to the Ebola Virus or because they have the disease.”