COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A legislative panel in Ohio is expected to consider a funding request to help pay for more protective gear for health care providers should the state have a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola.
The Ohio Department of Health is requesting approval from the state Controlling Board to spend $300,000 for more equipment. It also seeks to spend up to $500,000 to dispose of contaminated linens and other items if a case occurs.
The board is scheduled to weigh the request Monday.
The department says its existing equipment includes more than 105,000 gloves, 100,000 face masks, 29,000 respirators and 7,000 gowns. Hospitals have their own supplies, too.
Ebola became a concern in Ohio because a nurse visited Akron and Cleveland shortly before she was diagnosed with the virus in Texas.