At a news conference this morning, officials at Harborview Medical Center said the facility is not only ready to manage an Ebola case, but is also prepared to accept American Ebola patients who are infected overseas and medically evacuated to the U.S.
“I think all hospitals have to be aware that we have a small world. People travel, so any hospital could have someone who has traveled to an endemic area,” said Timothy Dellit, Associate Medical Director at Harborview.
Dellit added, “We do not have any immediate thoughts that we will have an Ebola patient but we have to be prepared,” said Dellit.
Harborview would be the fifth hospital in the country to consider accepting Ebola evacuees, according to the Center for Disease Control. The CDC has also cleared the state public health system lab to test for Ebola. It’s only one of 13 labs in country that can test for the disease.
Officials said those infected with Ebola in West Africa could reach more than one million by the end of January.