Dallas County Plans Coronavirus Response

Alan Scaia
February 26, 2020 - 6:34 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Communities in Texas say they are preparing for potential cases of coronavirus, and Dallas County says the Ebola scare in 2014 gives it an advantage.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says the county has been in "constant contact" with the CDC.

Jenkins says his team has been working with the CDC to receive direction, and the Ebola response has given local, state and federal agencies experience working together. He says the CDC is considering facilities in North Texas for isolation if needed.

"We worked with our medical community to identify areas where we could isolate people if we had an outbreak here," he says. "We've identified those people who would be the front-line defenders and treaters on this."

Jenkins says Dallas County does have enough resources to respond cases. He says supplies are often in high demand when a new virus appears because cities and counties sometimes start "hoarding" them.​