Ebola Drill Set for November 25 - Cone Health - Greensboro, NC

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Published on November 21, 2014

Ebola Drill Set for November 25

Cone Health, along with area partners, plans to test Ebola preparedness on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Cone Health, Alamance County Emergency Medical Services, Guilford County Emergency Medical Services, Alamance County Health Department, Guilford County Department of Public Health, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will take part in the drill.

“Many of us have been planning how we would care for someone suspected of having or actually having Ebola for several months now,” says Cone Health System-Wide Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Supernaw. “We want to make sure our community is safe. This drill is a chance to see how well our plans work in a real-life situation.”

The exercise begins at 9 a.m. and should conclude by noon. The public may see health care workers wearing personal protective equipment as they work with “patients” in the community and in Cone Health facilities. This is the same type of equipment that the public has seen health care workers in Atlanta, Nebraska and other places wear as they transport and care for Ebola patients.

The exercise will not only provide staff from various agencies a chance to put their Ebola plans into action, but also an opportunity for the agencies that would be involved should an Ebola case come to our community to work closely together.

“Communications plays a major role in our community’s response to any crisis,” says Supernaw. “This is a great chance to test our lines of communications to better work together.”

Learn more about Cone Health's Ebola preparedness at http://www.conehealth.com/ebola

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