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Monarch develops Ebola response plan

Strategy in place to ensure safety of people supported, staff

The first case of Ebola in the United States was reported in late September, after an infected person traveled to the U.S. from Liberia, which is among the countries in West Africa experiencing the largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Despite the low risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. and no confirmed cases reported in North Carolina, Monarch officials have taken a proactive approach.

Amy Davis, Monarch’s director of safety and risk management, said the organization understands the likelihood of contracting the disease is extremely rare, but believes it is important to always have a plan in place to protect and ensure the safety of the people we support and staff. As a result, Monarch has developed an Ebola response strategy.

“We felt that a response to Ebola was a necessary addition to our emergency plan, keeping it up to date with current trends in healthcare and disaster response,” Davis explained.

As part of the plan, Monarch has created for availability a Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet that outlines the signs and symptoms of the disease, the risks and prevention techniques that include practice of good hand-hygiene, along with disinfecting areas routinely will minimize the risk.

The plan explains varying risk levels and emphasizes that unless a person has direct unprotected contact with blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, the chances of contracting the disease are extremely low.

If by chance, there is risk for potential Ebola exposure and a potential case is evident, Monarch officials will consider appropriate care and infection control of identified persons under investigation and coordinate with The N.C. Departmemt of Health and Human Services, which released it's own response plan on Dec. 8; as well as with healthcare facilities, healthcare coalitions, and emergency management to follow local and state emergency operations plans that address the concerns and unique needs of healthcare facilities for Ebola response.

For more information about North Carolina’s Ebola response as well as updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/ebola/. 

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