Today, New York Gov. Cuomo announced 8 hospitals designated to treat Ebola in that state. This follows along a plan by the CDC to have “Ebola Designated Hospitals” in every state. U.S. and local health officials want to set up dedicated hospitals in each state for Ebola patients, part of a new emphasis on safety for health-care workers after a nurse caring for an infected patient in Dallas tested positive for the virus.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett held a press conference this morning – but there are not designated centers but rather a push for all hospitals to be aware and get procedures in place.
In New Jersey the state’s largest health-care union wants any confirmed Ebola patient treated at a single designated hospital, to both minimize exposure of workers and provide care by expert teams. Such a centralized approach would go against current state policy, which has emphasized the need for each of the state’s 72 acute-care hospitals to be ready to treat the deadly virus. That union, the Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT-AFLCIO, would also like to see the state order every hospital to drill for encountering the unprecedented illness.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and an adviser at the Obama White House, as the point man on the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola crisis.
President Obama has been under pressure to name an Ebola “czar” to oversee health security in the U.S. and actions to help stem the outbreak in West Africa, where nearly 4,500 people have died from the virus.