(WTVM) - Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday, Oct. 27 that Georgia will increase Ebola monitoring for all in-bound travelers from affected countries.
"We are taking every necessary precaution to ensure that Georgia stands prepared to manage the risks associated with Ebola," Deal said. "Because Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is one of five points of entry into the United States from affected areas, I have developed, in coordination with my Ebola Response Team, a policy to more aggressively monitor travelers from affected countries, symptomatic or not, and quarantine if need be. We are taking these proactive steps to protect the health of the people of our state, and this new policy is an altogether effective and appropriate response at this time."
Travelers will be screened at the airport by quarantine station medical personnel.
This screening will include measuring temperature and checking for symptoms of Ebola and history of any exposure to known Ebola patients.
If travelers show symptoms, they will be isolated immediately and transferred to a designated hospital for evaluation.
If the travelers show no symptoms, they will be divided into three categories for monitoring. Categories and associated procedures detailed below:
The Ebola Response Team held a conference call Monday afternoon to analyze and endorse this new procedure. It will meet Wednesday to continue evaluating state preparedness and making necessary recommendations.