Governor Rick Scot has ordered twice daily monitoring of persons returning from places which have been designated as affected by Ebola.
Governor Scot signed the order on Saturday which gives authority to Florida Department of Health to monitor individuals for 21 days. Scot added that the administration has asked CDC to categorize risk levels of all returning individuals from specific parts of Western Africa like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone but has not received information.
The governor stated that the health department has used the CDC web program to spot four individuals who returned to Florida after traveling to areas with Ebola. The Governor reiterated that the measures are being taken as a precaution after news that a New York doctor tested positive for Ebola after caring for patients in Africa.
Gov. Rick Scott spelled out his strategy to contain the deadly scourge of Ebola by signing an executive order which requires all persons returning from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone take part in twice-daily health evaluations for 21 days.
In a statement released by the governor’s office, “We are moving quickly to require the four individuals who have returned to Florida already — and anyone in the future who will return to Florida from an Ebola area — to take part in … health evaluations with DOH personnel. We are glad we do not have a case of Ebola in Florida, but we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure we never do.”