Good thing we have an Ebola Czar now, even though the guy hasn’t shown up for work yet. Granted, he’s already in line for a promotion. But back to the deadly virus. We now have a Liberian under observation in New Jersey after landing in Newark Tuesday on a flight from Belgium, via Liberia.
A West African passenger on a flight landing at Newark Liberty International Airport was taken to University Hospital because of concerns about the deadly Ebola virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday night.
“During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola,” Carol Crawford, a CDC spokeswoman, said in a statement.
“The passenger is being transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. CDC or state/local public health officials will contact other passengers on the aircraft should it be determined that there was any risk to the other passengers of exposure to communicable disease.”
The hospital – one of the state’s three Level 1 trauma centers – was the scene of heightened activity, with staff telling visitors it was on “lockdown.”
Could have avoided this fiasco if only we had a president who gave a shit about his fellow Americans. You know, like barring incoming passengers from Ebola-ravaged nations until we had this under control.
Throughout the afternoon, the passenger’s presence at the hospital triggered unusual – but undisclosed – activity: The emergency room entrance was set off with yellow tape, a parking garage attendant wasn’t allowing cars to enter, and cars leaving the garage were barred from certain streets around the hospital, one health worker said.
“No one knows what’s really happened. No one knows if this is protocol,” said the worker, who expressed frustration about having to rely on rumors for information. “I just want to know what’s going on. I just want to be safe,” said the worker, who asked not to be identified.
Nobody knows anything, there’s total chaos and we may now have an entire planeload of infected passengers.
Say, isn’t it time for a fundraiser?