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4A Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 Feather River Bulletin The California Department of Public Health recently announced it has established an Ebola hotline call center to respond to public inquiries related to Ebola. "This hotline has been set up and staffed to answer questions from those concerned about the possibility'of Ebola in California," said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH director and state health officer. "Our goal is to be available to eliminate the mystery of this disease and offer the facts to Californians as the situation evolves. This is one in a series of steps we have taken in the last few months." The hotline, 855-421-5921, will be in operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are currently no confu'med cases of Ebola in California and no suspect cases. Since the Ebola outbreak began in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, CDPH has worked with state, federal and local health officials to prepare for potential cases of Ebola in California. In August, CDPH launched an informational website compiling information about the outbreak and preparing California health care providers with guidance and protocols from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDPH has developed an interim case report form for reporting suspected cases of Ebola to CDPH and has distributed CDC guidance on specimen collection, transport, testing and submission for patients suspected of having Ebola. Last week, CDPH posted interim guidelines for Ebola medical waste management and recommended that all health care facility environmental services personnel and infection control staff work together to develop facility-specific protocols for safe handling of Ebola related medical waste. CDPH has provided these and other documents to health care providers and partners via the California Health Alert Network. In September, CDPH convened more than 1,100 health care and public health workers to urge them to assess their Ebola readiness and conduct drills in their facilities. Recently CDPH officials held a teleconference with health care providers to discuss the latest news and guidance about handling suspected Ebola cases. CDPH is providing weekly updates to local health officials, In-st responders and health care providers as the Ebola outbreak continues in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. CDPH joins with a team of state departments and agencies including the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the Emergency Medical Services Authority and the Department of Industrial Relations, to address all aspects of preparedness for a potential Ebola case in California. CDPH is also available to provide consultation about suspect Ebola cases to local health departments and health care providers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about how the state is preparing for potential cases of Ebola, read CDPH's Ebola virus disease FAQs and visit the CDPH Ebola virus information page and the Cal/OSHA Ebola virus information site. SAWCHUK, from page 1A Doctors Without Borders," said Sawchuk, referencing the French nongovernmental agency that founded the hospital originally and is known throughout the world as Medecins Sans Frontieres. "We used the buddy system, and someone had to watch you put on your PPE (personal protective equipment), making sure that there was no exposed skin. After treating patients they had to spray you with chlorine as you took it off." No one entered a patient ward alone, and someone else stood outside the door to ensure that protocols were maintained. "When I arrived in Monrovia, I was impressed with the protocols that were in place and the caliber of the people in leadership and on the team," Sawchuk said. So how did Brantly and Writebol contract the virus? Sawchuk said there was Quincy PCO speculation that they ' contracted Ebola from a third health care worker who eventually died from the disease, but who hadn't revealed that he was ill until he became very sick. (Both Brantly and Writebol recovered after returning to the United States.) Sawchuk didn't take care of Brantly directly, but did work at his home, where he was being treated. Writebol was being cared for at her own house a couple of miles away. "I did have the chance to talk with Dr. Brantly thrOugh his bedroom window while I was on the hygiene team outside his house a couple of nights," Sawchuk said, "and although he was very sick, he was believing that God was in control and was each of the workers close to their homes and contacted the nearest hospital. Rather than return to Quincy, Sawchuk stayed in Reno, and Renown Regional Medical Center was notified. She and the other workers were instructed not to share their story immediately. Since returning to Quincy, Sawchuk has encountered mixed reactions. "Some people are obviously keeping their distance," she said. She doesn't blame them and says, "We mostly fear what we don't know or understand," and she encourages everyone to become as informed as possible. "It's scary for sure, but when you think of all the things people die from, every day, like the flu and AY, 30 appreciative of the care he pneumonia -- which are both , 5~30 - 8~ ~ was receiving." ' infectious and airborne -- I It took several days for do think we've lost some "-'U uCa=r-roun"s ~ samaritan's Purse to extract perspective." the health care workers from Ebola is not an airborne Hall Liberia, eventually using its virus; there must be direct Se illom ~ own transport plane to do so. contact with bodily fluids. Join us forfood, fun & games ~ When the group returned Even with that knowledge, ~: to the states, Brantly went to how did Sawchuk's husband, for the entire family! 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Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. P Michael C. Tabondd Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevln Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin.Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Member, ~l~mla New~er ~bll~em ~ recycled paper "The B& Ever"... Homemade Corned Roof Eggs & Toast get a hot beveragd Pumpkin latte or hot Spiced caramel ciderl 283-3300 557 Lawrence Street Quincy 7-2 Every Day "Serving Darn Good Comfort Food Since 1976") 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 $ubscr/p#on Order Form Feather River Bulletin P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscdplion for __ years. [~1 Enclosed find my check for $ in County $26 per year [~i But of State $44 per year [~i In California $37 per year. Name I Address I City, State, Zip Subecdptlons can be transferred, but not refunded. " == 1 =m 1 1 1 --- == II =l l= --- J most husbands. He spent three years working for Samaritan's Purse, overseeing the construction of hospitals and schools, so he was familiar with the professionalism of the organization. And it's also how he met his wife -- both were working in Afghanistan. "The organization contacted me every day so I knew what was going on," he said. He also studied the disease so he would have a full understanding of it and not fall victim to "media hype." Dony is the county's facilities director, but he is also a volunteer with the Quincy Fire Department and responds to medical calls, so he is aware of the risk that exists when treating people with infectious diseases. Sheri Sawchuk became a nurse in 1995 with the goal of working in foreign locales as frequently as possible. She has worked in Honduras, Peru, Albania, Romania, Afghanistan and Kenya, and now international nursing will be her full-time work. She was just named assistant professor of international studies at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Sawchuk holds a master's in nursing education and is working on her doctorate. In her new position, she will organize and lead trips to foreign countries so that student nurses can experience a more global approach to medicine. Sawchuk was in Kenya from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15, just a couple weeks after returning from Liberia, and she will spend the beginning of November in India working with individuals in leper colonies. "I would challenge all of us to realize that, although we are American and are grateful for that fact, we are also human beings and part of this world," she said. "When other human beings in the world are suffering and we have the resources to help, we should. In Hawaii they call that your kuliana = which means to step up and be of service to mankind." As for the Ebola outbreak, Sawchuk said that Americans largely ignored it until it posed a direct threat. "Africa has experienced Ebola outbreaks since the 1970s, and the most recent outbreak started back in March of this year. Now, seven months later, we are scrambling to be ready for it when it comes to our neighborhood, but we will be ready because we have :multiple resources: an l a solid:infrastructure, ' something that'Liberia and ' much of West Africa does not have." GOLD FOR RENT MOUNTAIN HOME 4 Bedrooms,4 Baths Fully Furnished Available Nov 1st to May 31 S.a Mounta,n.,deaway WI 181 E. Sierra Street Portola, Ca 96122 530-249-9844 sierramtnhideaway@yahoo.com O incy Community United Methodist Church Annual FALL DINNER THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014 4 P.M. - 7 P.M. Methodist Fellowship Hall Church and Jackson Streets, Quincy (Enter from front of church) $10 Adults $5 Children 12 & under and Students with ID's Take-Out Available TURKEY DINNER with all the fixings. Turkey, potatoes, dressing, salads, cranberry sauce, beverages & desserts. Tickets available at the Church office mid-October or at the door. 283-1740. ~" NO COMMUNITY SUPPER .,~ ON WED., NOV. 12 -' '"