Ohio panel to weigh funding for Ebola protection

In this photo provided by the UCLA Health System, doctors and staff participate in a preparadness exercise on diagnosing and treating patients with Ebola virus symptoms, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The exercise was observed by Los Angeles County health department officials. UCLA’s multi-pronged approach includes protocols for transporting patients through the hospital, disposing of trash and waste, dedicating equipment -- such as ventilators and X-ray machines -- for Ebola patient use only, setting up a mobile laboratory, acquiring specialized personal protective equipment and staff training. (AP Photo/UCLA Health System, Reed Hutchinson)
In this photo provided by the UCLA Health System, doctors and staff participate in a preparadness exercise on diagnosing and treating patients with Ebola virus symptoms, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The exercise was observed by Los Angeles County health department officials. UCLA’s multi-pronged approach includes protocols for transporting patients through the hospital, disposing of trash and waste, dedicating equipment -- such as ventilators and X-ray machines -- for Ebola patient use only, setting up a mobile laboratory, acquiring specialized personal protective equipment and staff training. (AP Photo/UCLA Health System, Reed Hutchinson)

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.

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