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Tarrant County Public Health and partners test Ebola response

Posted Sept. 30, 2019

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Exercise participants discuss response to an Ebola scenario.

Tarrant County Public Health hosted two table-top exercises in response to the World Health Organization’s recent declaration of Ebola as a public health emergency of international concern. The exercises were designed to test the ability of the county and its partners to respond if an Ebola case occurs in Tarrant County.

On Sept. 12, representatives from Denton, Collin and Dallas County health departments joined Tarrant County Public Health staff for a discussion of core capabilities, objectives and coordinated responses to potential scenarios.

On Sept. 26, public health and emergency management professionals, EMTs, nurses, infection control practitioners and local government leadership in Tarrant County came together to discuss procedures and challenges and how to best share information in a crisis.

Each group’s scenario depicted developments that might occur in an actual Ebola case in Tarrant County. Participants discussed how they would likely respond to each step of the scenario and resources that might be needed.

Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said the exercises helped more clearly define the role of each agency in an emergency.

“In the unlikely event that an Ebola case does occur in Tarrant County, exercises like this will help us be more prepared, more proactive and on the same page as our county partners,” he said. “We intend to keep the lines of communication open between our cross-county health departments to ensure the best possible outcome in an actual emergency.”

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