Hospitals Around Yakima Are Closely Monitoring Ebola; Say We're - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Hospitals Around Yakima Are Closely Monitoring Ebola; Say We're Very Low Risk for the Disease

Posted: Updated:
YAKIMA, WA. -- The most recent case of Ebola happened to a health care worker in Texas who was caring for a patient who had the disease. That's left a lot of people worried and wondering about whether our medical system is ready to handle Ebola.


Memorial Hospital in Yakima says Ebola has definitely raised awareness about the spread of infectious diseases but this is something that they are constantly prepared for. Now it's just in a different form. 


Hospital leaders at Memorial Hospital meet every morning, 7 days a week, to discuss any emerging diseases and how they should treat them. Central Washington is considered very low risk for any spread of Ebola, but that doesn't mean the doctors and nurses aren't ready if it does show up here. 


"We're making sure every employee in this institution just as a standard, regardless of whether Ebola is the issue or Enterovirus is the issue," Dr. Kevin Sweeny, Chief Medical Officer of Memorial Hospital said. "That we're all using standard procedure that keep us on our toes for anything that walks in the door from the flu to Ebola to any other illness."


Dr. Sweeny also told us that if there is any good coming out of this is that there is an active discussion in our country about infectious disease and how to properly handle it. He says the most important thing that Memorial Hospital wants to keep in mind is not only how to treat a potential patient with Ebola. But also how to properly protect the staff who treat that patient 


Dr. Sweeny says they check in daily with the centers for disease control and are monitoring Ebola in America very very closely. 

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Yakima NewsYakima News TodayMore>>

  • Astria workers rally for better care

    Astria workers rally for better care

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 9:35 PM EST2018-11-21 02:35:41 GMT

    Nurses and health care workers at Astria are speaking up.

    More >>

    Nurses and health care workers at Astria are speaking up.

    More >>
  • WSP rolls out tracking system for rape kits

    WSP rolls out tracking system for rape kits

    Monday, November 19 2018 9:15 AM EST2018-11-19 14:15:35 GMT

    The new tracking system called 'Track-Kit' is helping sexual assault victims anonymously track the status of their sexual assault kits through the use of an added barcode.  

    More >>

    The new tracking system called 'Track-Kit' is helping sexual assault victims anonymously track the status of their sexual assault kits through the use of an added barcode.  

    More >>
  • US Marshals Task Force arrests wanted gang affiliate in Yakima

    US Marshals Task Force arrests wanted gang affiliate in Yakima

    Thursday, November 15 2018 9:28 PM EST2018-11-16 02:28:57 GMT
    YAKIMA, WA – On Wednesday, the United States Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) was working in Yakima trying to locate and arrest 41-year-old Elijio Mendoza. Mendoza was wanted by the Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC) for Failure to Report. He is a known gang affiliate, who is classified as a High Violent Offender.  The PNVOTF had surveillance of a house in south Yakima and tried to arrest Mendoza....More >>
    YAKIMA, WA – On Wednesday, the United States Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) was working in Yakima trying to locate and arrest 41-year-old Elijio Mendoza. Mendoza was wanted by the Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC) for Failure to Report. He is a known gang affiliate, who is classified as a High Violent Offender.  The PNVOTF had surveillance of a house in south Yakima and tried to arrest Mendoza....More >>