Today is Saturday, October 25, 2014. Here are the upcoming events for the next 30 days:
|Posted on October 20th, 2014 at 12:34:56 PM by Mayor Sherry E. Howard|
|We are receiving questions from concerned residents and stakeholders centering on these two questions: Do we have a plan? Are we prepared?|
The hospitals, the health department and OEM staff are committed to allaying fears by reminding everyone that we do have a plan – but not just for Ebola – but for any type of infectious disease outbreak as well as for monitoring/surveillance and precautions against such events -- and much of the work involved related to Ebola is no different than infectious disease precautions taken every day by responders and health professionals.
Dr. Bennett reminded us today in a meeting, and again later in a news interview, of the fact that the threat from Ebola for us here in the US is much different that the threat in other countries with less capacity.
But that is not to say that we are not taking serious steps to insure our plans are in place and ready to fully implement. Today, we began finalization of our Ebola Incident Action Plan so that all of our Health Department and EOC personnel are ready to go – just in case. We discussed joint public information and careful messaging with our hospital partners.
The objectives for Grayson County match those of the State of Texas – four objectives outlined today by David Lakey, MD, the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services on multiple conference calls:
1)Stop exposure of people in Texas to Ebola;
2)Identification of anyone who has been exposed;
3)Monitoring of anyone who has been exposed -- thru lawfully ordered quarantine if necessary; and
4)Compassionate and safe care of those who with the Ebola disease.
We will work with our health care partners to insure accurate information is disseminated and that rumor control/message management is given appropriate priority. The Grayson County PIO for this event will be Amanda Ortez, the Health Department Director, with back up from Dr. Bennett and others on their team.
The CDC encourages you to visit the CDC Ebola webpage for the most updated information on the 2014 Ebola response and to share this information with your jurisdiction personnel.
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|Posted on September 26th, 2014 at 4:10:36 PM by Mayor Sherry E. Howard|
|Please note the attached West Nile Virus (WNV) situation report for September 26, 2014. The Grayson County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division has received laboratory results for mosquito traps set on September 10, 2014. The Texas A & M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Report indicated two of fourteen mosquito pools submitted for analysis (a pool is one net of mosquitoes collected from a single address) were positive for WNV. This brings the total up to four positive WNV pools identified within Grayson County for 2014. A total of 327 traps have been set throughout the county since May 1, 2014. The third positive WNV pool identified on the report was from a trap set within the city limits of Whitewright and the fourth was from a trap set within the city limits of Howe. Previously, two other positive WNV pools had been identified from within the city limits of Denison, Texas. The Environmental Health (EH)/WNV team members are currently working with both Whitewright and Howe officials. They have notified city officials of the positive WNV results and actions to take in response to the report. The EH/WNV team will now increase surveillance efforts in these areas, in addition to the area in Denison. |
Although additional WNV positive pools have now been identified in other cities within Grayson County, specifically within the city limits of Whitewright, and Howe, Texas; the overall trap counts continue to remain low. The Grayson County Health Department’s EH/WNV team will continue their surveillance efforts throughout the county over the next few months. We continue to encourage individuals to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others against the West Nile Virus. For more additional information on how you can “Fight the Bite” please visit the following links: http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/users/0001/docs/WNVHDpublicdoc.pdf ; http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html .
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