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originally posted by: graceunderpressure
So, now we learn that an anonymous donor stepped up to offer the lodging to which Thomas Duncan's former housemates/family are being moved. According to ABC News:
Four relatives of the Texas Ebola patient who have been confined to their Dallas apartment moved to a home in a gated community the use of which was given to them by an anonymous donor, according to a Dallas city official.
The city had a difficult time finding a home for the family of Thomas Eric Duncan because no one wanted to take them in, according to Sana Syed, a spokesperson for the city of Dallas.
Good for the Good Samaritan who did that, but why O' why isn't our government/health dept./CDC providing secure accommodations where they can be monitored?
Cleanup crews discovered today that Duncan slept on every mattress in the apartment, said Syed. They previously thought he only slept on one.
From the same article:
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said today that he visited the apartment Thursday night to apologize to the residents...
Jenkins specifically said that he wanted to make sure that the family would be moved somewhere with a washer and dryer.
[Bangs head on desk] Yeah, that's right. A little Tide and some Downey dryer sheets, and there's nothing to worry about.
originally posted by: DancedWithWolves
Deadly screw-ups and cover-ups tend to piss off the ATS population...
ETA tonight's news conference
State and local health officials waited more than two days to perform crucial blood tests that confirmed a Dallas patient was the nation’s first Ebola case, a delay that appears to have violated federal guidelines.
State health officials say they were alerted about 8 p.m. Sunday by the Dallas County health department to a suspicious case involving a patient who had arrived recently from Liberia. His symptoms were consistent with Ebola.
However, instead of sending a blood specimen for immediate testing for Ebola, as suggested by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health officials spent the next 24 hours doing other bloodwork and testing to apparently rule out other causes.
The delay in testing is the latest in a series of apparent missteps that have come to light in how local authorities have handled the nation’s first Ebola diagnosis. The case has been marked by failures to recognize the disease quickly, inadequate containment of people exposed to the patient, spotty communication with the public, and a lack of transparency on the part of government officials.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital released information Friday night correcting a previous statement it sent out Thursday night.
Friday's statement said Ebola patient Thomas Duncan's electronic health records, including his travel history, were available to the full care team during his first visit to the emergency department Sept. 25.
That corrects the hospital's Thursday night statement saying that there was an electronic error with recordkeeping on Duncan during his first visit to the emergency department.
Delayed response and mis-steps may have given Ebola the chance to spread.
DALLAS – Even a resident inside the apartment quarantined for potential Ebola contamination couldn't understand why she and her family were left to live for days with the Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan's contaminated belongings.
A hazardous materials crew finally showed up Friday to bag up and sanitize the materials, four days after Duncan, who was staying at the apartment, was diagnosed with Ebola.
Children who stayed in the apartment with Duncan went to school for two days after the diagnosis. One child in the home even went to school Wednesday morning, despite a warning from health authorities to stay inside the residence.
On Wednesday night, when Dallas County Health & Human Services Director Zach Thompson and Dr. Christopher Perkins visited the potentially-contaminated apartment with an official legal order of quarantine, five members of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office walked in with them. They were not wearing medical protection such as gloves, nor were they given an warnings about possible exposure.
Those deputies admit they are now nervous.
On another note, thanks to you for your amazing work. Truly.