Govenor Deal to sign executive order to create Ebola response team

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal announced he will look at the current state health and emergency procedures to minimize any impact of Ebola in the state of Georgia.

Deal will sign an executive order this week to create an Ebola response team.

“Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state's response to this disease and will further our efforts to ensure the safety and quality of life for our citizens. By combining the expertise of the health and research communities with our state agencies, Georgia will be uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise. Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields – specifically Emory University Hospital, which has remained at the forefront of our nation's response to this infectious disease. We are taking every necessary precaution to alleviate fear within our communities and make certain Georgia stands prepared.”

The team will be made up of representatives from state agencies, hospitals, and educators.

Here is a list:

  • Georgia Emergency Management Agency
  • Georgia Department of Community Health,
  • Georgia National Guard, Emory University Hospital
  • University System of Georgia infectious disease experts
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,
  • City of Atlanta and members of the nursing, rural hospital,
  • EMT and education communities

The name of those on the response team will be put in the governor's executive order.

The new team will meet this week to make any recommendations.

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