Kent State University announced today that three employees related to Ebola patient Amber Vinson, who had been staying with family in Summit County last week
, will remain at home and self-monitor for symptoms, per CDC protocol. The measure comes with "an abundance of caution," according to Dr. Angela DeJulius, director of University Health Services at the university.
“It’s important to note that the patient was not on the Kent State campus,” said Kent State President Beverly Warren. “She stayed with her family at their home in Summit County and did not step foot on our campus. We want to assure our university community that we are taking this information seriously, taking steps to communicate what we know.”
Vinson was not showing symptoms of Ebola while in Northeast Ohio. She was diagnosed in Dallas this morning after detecting a low-grade fever yesterday. Vinson flew home through Cleveland Hopkins Airport on Monday, Oct. 13.
Vinson works as a nurse in Dallas; she helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct. 8.
The university will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. to elaborate further.