AKRON, Ohio (WYTV) – Governor John Kasich and several health officials briefed reporters Saturday about fears of Ebola spreading after a Dallas nurse diagnosed with the virus visited the area a week ago.
Governor Kasich said state officials are doing everything they can to stay on top of the Ebola situation in Ohio. Summit County Health Commissioner Gene Nixon said there are no cases of Ebola in Summit County and as far as she knows, none in Ohio.
So far, no one who has come in direct contact with Dallas nurse Amber Vinson has shown any symptoms.
Vinson visited the area last weekend and now officials say it’s a waiting game.
“Time is on our side because the more time that passes here we are getting through the incubation period and God willing everyone will be healthy on the other side,” said Terry Allen with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
Kasich said the state has implemented tougher protocols than required by the CDC, and they are being extremely diligent in their approach.
“To the public they should know that we’ve got the best folks working on this on a 24/7 basis,” Kasich said. “We are doing everything that we can possibly do to be on top of this and we will stay on top of this until this has passed.”