The Akron Fire Department will take the lead in transporting any contact of nurse Amber Vinson who would show symptoms of Ebola.

Akron Fire Chief Rob Ross says that the department will transport any of those patients countywide, using a specialized ambulance and well-trained crews.

"We've identified a very particular ambulance that we will use for that purpose," Chief Ross tells WAKR.net, "and we also have highly trained crew members who are very used to donning and doffing the sorts of protective equipment that will be used with any patient that may be exposed to Ebola."

Chief Ross says the specialized transportation will only cover those who are already being monitored after contact with Vinson, who spent the weekend October 10th in the Akron area.

"It is not meant to be a countywide, every single Ebola-type call," he says. "Only those individuals who are being monitored as contacts right here and now."

Others who fear they have Ebola would be transported through their local EMS unit. Chief Ross says those units have been trained to handle possible cases.

The plan came together after a meeting Saturday between Summit County's health commissioner, the mayors of Akron and Tallmadge, and county executive Russ Pry.

A young Ravenna man is in trouble after allegedly telling passengers on an airplane headed for Youngstown that he had Ebola.

The Youngstown Vindicator reports that 18 year-old Joshua Marshall is free on bond on a fourth degree felony charge of inducing panic.

Passengers on the Sunday night Allegiant Air flight from Florida told officials that he claimed to have Ebola.

He vomited on the plane.

Marshall's lawyer tells the Vindicator that his client doesn't have Ebola and hasn't visited or contacted anyone who's visited West Africa.

Lawyer Marc Dann says Marshall has been "suffering from mental illness" and is grieving over his father's death. Dann says his client was hospitalized two weeks ago in Akron for bipolar disorder.

The quarantine has ended for people who had contact with the country's first Ebola patient in Dallas. Here in Akron, we've got a couple weeks to go and new numbers are in:

142 people statewide are being monitored -- that's down about 11 contacts from the report released late Sunday morning. The numbers in the Tier 1 quarantine level haven't changed -- two people in Summit County and one in Cuyahoga County. Tier 1 means that travel and other movement is restricted and enforced.

Still -- no confirmed Ebola cases reported in the state.

It's expected that those being monitored will be removed from the contact list between October 31 and November 4th.

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(Ohio Department of Health) The Ohio Department of Health reported this morning in its Daily Ebola Contact Report that there are currently:

  • 0 confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio;
  • 3 people under quarantine;
  • 142 contacts statewide;

ODH’s Daily Ebola Contact Report is issued at approximately 11 a.m. and is compiled from the local health districts, ODH officials and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ohio team members who are working together to identify anyone who may have had contact of some type with the Dallas nurse who was in Northeast Ohio, Oct. 10-13. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8-10 days.  It is anticipated that contacts will be removed from the contact list between October 31, and November 4, 2014. The figures may change daily based on the information officials collect on contacts and the type of exposure they may have had.

The report is below and also found on ODH’s website here: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/dis/orbitdis/ebola/Ebola.aspx

OHIO EBOLA DAILY CONTACT REPORT 10/20/14
(as of 11 AM, EST of date of issuance)

SUMMARY

CONFIRMED EBOLA CASES

0

QUARANTINED OHIOANS

3

TOTAL OHIO CONTACTS

142

 

CONTACTS BY COUNTY AND TYPE

 

QUARANTINE

ACTIVE MONITORING

VERIFIED SELF
(PHONE) MONITORING

SELF-MONITORING

PENDING

TOTAL

TIER 1

TIER 2A

TIER 2B

TIER 3

 

 

Enforced restrictions on movement/travel; temperature taken twice daily; public health contact; no commercial travel

Temperature taken twice daily--once in-person by a public health official; no commercial travel; other travel restrictions possible

Temperature taken twice daily--reported to public health official; international travel restrictions

Temperature taken twice daily; not reported, but will call if change

Any direct skin/membrane contact

No direct contact, but within 3 feet for more than 1 hour

No direct contact, in same enclosed space (not within 3 feet) for morethan 1 hour

No direct contact, in same enclosed space (not within 3 feet) for lessthan 1 hour

Cuyahoga

1

3

28

14

0

46

Summit

2

8

16

14

0

40

All Other Counties *

0

9

33

14

0

56

TOTAL

3

20

77

42

0

142

15 counties have seven or less contacts and those figures are not being broken out by county in order to protect the privacy of individual contacts.  (Belmont, Erie, Franklin, Geauga, Hamilton, Hardin, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Putnam, Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne)

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Akron Children's Hospital will be offering flu shots this week to a number of Akron area schools.

ACH is partnering with the organization Health Heroes to provide the vaccine to children, with parental consent, regardless of their health insurance coverage. Teachers and staff will also be offered the vaccine.

The participating schools are as follows:

Akron Public Schools
Akros Middle School
Coventry Local Schools
Edge Academy
Field Local Schools
Nordonia Hills City Schools
North Canton City Schools
Rootstown Schools
Walsh Jesuit High School
Woodridge Local Schools
Wooster City Schools
UDS Steel Academy

"This is a win-win for everyone," says Michele Wilmoth, director of School Health Services for Akron Children's, "We can save parents a trip to the doctor and keep kids in class. If we get more kids immunized, we can reduce the risk of influenza in our schools and communities and we can especially reduce the risk for our more vulnerable children, such as those with chronic health conditions."

State licensed nurses will give the vaccine, which will be available by both traditional injection and the pain free FluMist nasal spray. The vaccines are provided at no cost to students, parents, schools or local/state government.

Saturday, 18 October 2014 13:13

Woman Killed in Medina County Car Accident

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal three car accident that resulted in the death of a woman in Medina County Friday afternoon.

State troopers say 20 year-old Noah Silcox of Westfield Center was traveling southbound on U.S Route 42 around 3:45 PM and attempted to pass another car.

While passing, he hit a car driven by 23 year-old Jordan Howell of Lodi. 59 year-old John Howell was also in the car. Silcox later struck another vehicle, occupied by 40-year-old Teresa Green of Medina and 21-year-old Tara Green of Burbank.

Silcox was taken to Lodi Hospital while Jordan and John Howell were taken Medina General Hospital, all with non life-threatening injuries.

Teresa and Tara Green were LifeFlighted to MetroHealth in Cleveland. Tara died at the hospital from her injuries.

Saturday, 18 October 2014 12:44

Kasich Gets Akron Ebola Update

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A high-level briefing Saturday for Governor John Kasich on the Ebola concerns in Ohio the week following a visit home by Dallas nurse Amber Vinson to plan for her wedding.

New numbers today the CDC and local health departments are tracking in Ohio. Ohio Department of Health Epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio identified 29 contacts identified in close contact with Amber Vinson; 87 who were on flights on Frontier Airlines with her and one individual in quarantine. thought to be Vinson's stepfather now in his Tallmadge home. There are with various tiers of monitoring including phone checks as well as face-to-face meetings with public health officials. Kasich said he did not want a widespread release of the names noting none are showing symptoms.

There are no active cases of Ebola infection in Ohio. The Summit County Health Department provided the following breakdown of the 29 cases currently monitored as being in contact:

Summit – 14
Cuyahoga – 7
Medina - 3
Belmont- 2
Putnam- 2
Portage – 1

The Governor praised the local response, noting Ohio decided to implement stricter protocols than the Centers for Disease Control but with the backing and support of CDC.

Vinson was one of the team tending to Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital; he is the lone fatality from the disease. Vinson and another nurse later developed symptoms and tests confirmed they had been infected by the disease. Vinson is currently being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Nina Pham, who also helped treat Duncan, is at the National Insitute for Health in suburban Washington, D.C.

CDC Doctor Christopher Braden, on assignment from the agency to Ohio, called Ebola a "wimpy virus" because it dies easily with simple cleaning when asked to distinguish between the droplets of a sneeze compared to other bodily fluids. It's cases where there's vomit or blood, he said, that cause more concern.

Governor Kasich says it's President Obama's call to make but he thinks a ban on travel into U.S. from those in the West Africa Ebola Zone makes sense. Kasich also strongly supported involvement in the problem in Africa.

"Lots of dedicated people are working on this problem," the Governor says. "We will stay on top of this until this problem has passed." He did not want the list of those with contacts to be widely distributed to protect them, noting none showing symptoms.

Saturday, 18 October 2014 07:44

Friday Night Lights

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Hudson's Explorers remain unbeaten while Hoban, Walsh and St. Vincent-St. Mary also won under the Friday Night Lights with the playoffs fast approaching.

LOCAL SCORES

Archbishop Hoban 27, Parma Padua 14
Bedford 35, Barberton 14
Brunswick 59, Twinsburg 27
Buchtel 41, Ellet 21
Canton Central Catholic 41, North Canton Hoover 14
Chippewa 27, Smithville 7
Copley 38, Cloverleaf 6
Crestwood 32, Springfield 12
Dalton 13, Waynedale 7 (OT)
East 36, Firestone 22
Fairless 24, CVCA 21
Field 35, Norton 14
GlenOak 28, Lake 21Highland 24, Revere 10
Hudson 41, Strongsville 7
Manchester 50, Tuslaw 20
Mansfield Madison 50, Orrville 16
Massillon 38, Garfield 0
Mogadore 49, Garrettsville 7
Nordonia 40, Tallmadge 7
Northwestern 45, Rittman 13
Ravenna 53, Coventry 33
St. Vincent-St. Mary 49, Warrensville Heights 16
Southeast 17, Rootstown 7
Stow 38, Medina 18
Streetsboro 54, Kent Roosevelt 47
Valley Forge 21, Cuyahoga Falls 7
Wadsworth 21, Green 10
Walsh Jesuit 31, Chardon NDCL 17
Woodridge 49, Waterloo 7

Saturday, 18 October 2014 06:59

Medina School Teacher To Avoid Contact

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The wave of people who visited the Coming Attractions bridal shop as Amber Vinson leading local schools to go into full cleaning mode and self-quarantine. The latest includes Heritage Elementary in Medina, where a first-grade teacher identified as "Mrs. Carlisle" visited the store.

In a call to parents, Medina City Superintendent David Knight said Carlisle will voice student contact for 21 days and the district was taking the action as a "cautious stance." He noted Carlisle is not show any symptoms and is not contagious and not at risk.

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(Medina City Schools statement) Today we have learned that a dress shop visited by Ms. Vinson, the nurse being treated for Ebola, was also visited by Heritage 1st grade Teacher, Mrs. Carlisle.

The Health Departments of both Summit and Medina Counties have been working in conjunction with Medina City Schools. As a proactive precautionary measure, Mrs. Carlisle will voluntarily avoid student contact for 21 days.

Our school's position is to take a very cautious stance. Mrs. Carlisle does not have any symptoms of sickness, is not contagious, and is not at risk. This is a measure of caution fully supported by the health department.

More information is available at the Medina County Health Department website to review important information from the Health Department with regard to Ebola. We will update you as necessary in the event of any new information. Look for updates from the health department as well. Our children's and staff's safety are of utmost importance.

Friday, 17 October 2014 15:55

Stow School Affected By Ebola Situation

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Another school is being affected by the Ebola situation in Summit County.

The Stow Sentry reports that an employee at Echo Hills Elementary School has told Stow-Munroe Falls school administrators that they were at Akron's Coming Attractions bridal shop at the same time as nurse Amber Vinson last Saturday afternoon.

School superintendent Dr. Russ Jones says the Echo Hills building is being thoroughly cleaned this weekend because the district is being "overly cautious". Schools were closed Friday, and Jones expects Echo Hills will be open again Monday.

He says the employee is being asked to self-monitor, but isn't being quarantined. But the worker is being told not to come to work for 21 days as a precaution.

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On the Web: Stow Sentry, www.stowsentry.com

The Montville Township police officer who left his K9 partner in back of his cruiser, leading to the dog's death, is now facing animal cruelty charges.

The two charges of companion animal neglect against Sgt. Brett Harrison were filed Friday in Medina Municipal Court by a Medina SPCA humane officer.

Montvillle police say that on that late September day, Beny was left in the cruiser while Harrison did paperwork in the station - the car turned off and the windows up for hours. Temperatures outside reached 79 degrees.

Harrison was suspended for two weeks. Montville's chief says Beny lived with Harrison's family while off duty. Harrison apologized for the incident and grieved over Beny's loss.

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