Minnesota Officials, Hospitals Revise Ebola Plans
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota officials and health care providers are working to revise their Ebola treatment procedures should the virus arrive in the state.
Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said Friday that Minnesota hospital systems plan to isolate and stabilize future patients with Ebola and then move them pre-designated "centers of excellence" for specialized treatment rather than expect every hospital to treat patients with the virus.
If patients arrive before those plans are finalized, patients could be transported out of state.
There are currently no patients in Minnesota suspected of having Ebola.
Governor Mark Dayton met with federal lawmakers and public safety and health officials Friday afternoon.
Dayton says an answer about adding Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to the list of advance screening sites for Ebola could come next week.