An employee of the Barnesville School District has been identified as being in the same space as the Texas nurse, Amber Vinson, who was diagnosed with Ebola. The employee’s name is not being released, health officials are only saying the employee was in a shared space, but did not clarify if it was at the same time.
The Belmont County Health Department asked the employee a series of questions and had the person self-monitor. The Health Department determined the employee was clear to return to work, but out of an over-abundance of caution, Barnesville Schools Superintendent Randy Lucas said they have decided to go the extra mile and keep the employee home for 30 days.
The employee has been identified as very low risk, and has not exhibited any symptoms. The employee took the initiative to contact the health department.
Anyone with concerns is asked to call the Ohio Ebola hotline at 1-866-800-1404, or go to the Ohio Department of Education web site.
In the area where the employee was, Lucas said the school district will clean and sanitize as much as possible. Lucas said children should attend school as they do every day.