Columbus city leaders reveal plan for potential Ebola risk - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Columbus city leaders reveal plan for potential Ebola risk

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Five international airports in the U.S. are set to start stronger Ebola screenings for passengers.

Travelers from infected areas will receive questionnaires and have their temperatures taken before flying into the country.

While the CDC fights to stop the spread, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says Columbus is ready in case Ebola touches down in the Fountain City.

Mayor Tomlinson says plans are being finalized for the city to work with local health agencies to combat the spread of the virus on the heels of the first Ebola death in the U.S.

The mayor says the city's role is to provide support.

"We know how to isolate an area," Tomlinson explains. "We know how to stand watch and can stand watch over an area and we also have the EMS expertise, of course, to go in and transport if necessary. So, we can assist the health care organizations who know exactly what to do once you come inside their walls."

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control has vamped up public safety efforts at the country's busiest airports. With Atlanta named one of the five international airports to begin temperature and travel history screenings soon, local infection control experts say the CDC's stronger screening strategy could really help.

Susan Harp, Infection Control Manager for Columbus Regional Medical Center said "to kind of rule out the people who may be having a fever that are going to board a plane in those areas."

Although passengers who connect in Atlanta do fly to Columbus, Columbus Airport officials say at risk travelers will be screened by CDC workers or at Customs in Atlanta. But should a case show up in the Fountain City, Mayor Tomlinson says the city will do whatever it takes to protect the community.

"If it were to step up the number of incidences to increase in this community, then we could quickly train individuals who would be able to take temperatures and things of that nature," Tomlinson adds.

Mayor Tomlinson tells me the city is following the CDC's alerts and information and carefully monitoring the spread of Ebola. Visit this link for more information about Ebola.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Columbus Regional and Piedmont Healthcare reach merger deal

    Columbus Regional and Piedmont Healthcare reach merger deal

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:44 PM EST2018-01-21 20:44:43 GMT

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus Regional Health and Piedmont Healthcare are nearing a merger that would change the future of healthcare in Columbus. The new deal will shift the debt of Columbus Regional Health onto Piedmont Healthcare, which will result in a name change for Columbus Regional. Details and terms of the deal, which have been made public, would place Columbus Regional under the corporate umbrella of Piedmont. Both corporations are aiming for the merger to be final...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus Regional Health and Piedmont Healthcare are nearing a merger that would change the future of healthcare in Columbus. The new deal will shift the debt of Columbus Regional Health onto Piedmont Healthcare, which will result in a name change for Columbus Regional. Details and terms of the deal, which have been made public, would place Columbus Regional under the corporate umbrella of Piedmont. Both corporations are aiming for the merger to be final...

    More >>
  • Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:43 PM EST2018-01-21 20:43:56 GMT
    (Source: Family)(Source: Family)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
  • Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:10 PM EST2018-01-21 20:10:26 GMT
    (Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)(Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
Powered by Frankly