Governor Steve Bullock Announced New Protocols and State Preparedness for Montanans Returning from Ebola Affected Regions
On Friday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced a new plan for how the state would deal with individuals that may have come into contact with the Ebola virus. Bullock said Montana’s plan is different than the quarantine process announced by other states.
"It's different in as much as it really sort of jeers the level of risk and the level of monitoring," Bullock said. "So a higher risk individual that we would end up having folks going to their house, checking on them, asking things of them, and it's literally a couple of times a day sort of procedure."
Before symptoms show, individuals that are considered to be high risk will have multiple check-ups daily. When asked who would perform the check-ups, Bullock said local health officials.
"One of the good things about being in a state like Montana is we certainly don't think that the populations that we'd be working with are very, very small, but by the same token, then to the extent that someone is going to the house, it would be a local health official," Bullock said. "We're in direct coordination from the state levels to the locals and have had discussions with them about this."
Bullock also announced the construction of a command team to deal with Ebola preparation and response. The team includes the head of Montana’s Department of Health and Human Services as well as the head of Disaster and emergency services among others.
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