A health care worker in Dallas who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., has tested positive for Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Oct. 12. As hospitals and health systems continue to prepare for Ebola, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CDC will host calls on Oct. 14 and Oct. 20 to help health care organizations prepare for the virus.
On Oct. 14 from 2-3 p.m. ET, the CDC will host a call featuring representatives from Emory Healthcare in Atlanta and Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha – two health care facilities that have treated Ebola patients. The representatives will share how their organizations prepared for Ebola and the lessons they learned. To participate in the call, please dial 888-603-9630 and use the passcode 9976995. Registration is not required; however, you can submit questions in advance of the call to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Oct. 20 from 1-2 p.m. ET, officials from CDC, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs will host an Ebola preparedness call for hospitals and health systems. Hospital representatives should visit the ASPR webpage for more information and use this form to submit questions for the call. AHA will share the dial-in information for the call when it is available.
For more information and resources that hospitals and health systems, as well as emergency response personnel, can use to prepare for Ebola, visit the AHA Ebola preparedness webpage. Hospitals will receive an advisory later today with more information about how to prepare for Ebola.