State officials talk Ebola precautions

Governor Malloy meeting with state officials discussing Ebola.

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.”

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