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Public Health Emergency Plans

The Dallas County Community College District’s response to public health emergencies is explained in the documents below. 

Ebola

Discussions and concerns about the existence of Ebola in the Dallas area continue. We are providing these updates:
 
Earlier the week of Oct. 13, 2014, public health officials announced that a nurse who cared for the original Ebola patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the Ebola virus; she is the first confirmed case of Ebola transmitted on U.S. soil. The details of exactly how she contracted the virus are under review. Hospital officials announced on Wednesday that another health care worker has been diagnosed with the virus as well.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that health officials examine the protective gear which nurses, doctors and hospital assistants use when they are treating Ebola patients.
 
We did have some nursing and allied health students who were doing clinicals at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.  Those clinicals were suspended this past Monday. This decision was reached in order to keep allied health students safe.
 
All allied health students who were affected by this announcement have been notified by either their program coordinator or program clinical coordinator.  Administrators responded immediately and demonstrated the flexibility that is needed in these types of situations to meet the needs of students and to ensure their safety.
 
Nursing and allied health students at Brookhaven College have been required to review their universal isolation training, based on guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control; faculty members are required to participate in the review/training as well.
 
DCCCD is making advanced purchases of appropriate equipment, and district officials are maintaining regular contact with city and county agencies about the situation. 
 
If you have any health concerns, please immediately contact your College Health Centers.

For More Information

Using resources from the Centers for Disease Control and the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department, the district’s Office of Risk Management, in cooperation with the Office of Public Affairs/Media Relations, offers these documents: 

Ebola Questions and Answers

On Oct. 20, 2014, Chancellor Joe May talked with Dr. John T. Carlo, a Dallas-area doctor who specializes in infectious diseases, in order to answer questions about Ebola from students and employees of DCCCD.

If you have additional questions, please email ebolainfo@dcccd.edu.

H1N1 (Swine Flu)

There was a time when it was hard not to hear something about the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu or Novel Influenza A, on the news or during a conversation with friends or co-workers.

Although H1N1 is no longer the big news story it once was, the informational documents created during that time provide a good example of how the district has addressed public health emergencies.