Gov. Deal issues new policy for travelers from Ebola-affected countries

ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –  Governor Nathan Deal announced a new policy that will help the state manage the risks of Ebola and protect its citizens.

Deal, along with his Ebola Response Team, says this policy will increase monitoring for travelers from Ebola-affected countries.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is one of five points of entry into the United States from affected areas. Travelers will be screened, including measuring their temperature and check for symptoms of Ebola and history of exposure to known Ebola patients.

If travelers show symptoms, they will be immediately isolated and sent to a hospital for evaluation. If travelers are showing no symptoms, they will be divided into three categories for monitoring.

Category 1, high risk: These travelers have a known direct exposure to an Ebola patient. They are subject to quarantine at a designated facility.

Category 2, low risk: These travelers came from an affected area, but there is no known exposure to an Ebola patient. Travelers in this category will sign an monitoring agreement with the Georgia Department of Public Health to conduct temperature and symptom self-checks twice a day. They will report their results to the state once a day during the 21 day incubation period.

Category 3: This category is for medical personnel who were actively involved in treating Ebola patients and are returning to the United States. Travelers in this category will be issued a 21-day active monitoring order and will be visually monitored by Public Health twice a day.

The Ebola Response Team is meeting Wednesday to continue evaluating state preparedness and making necessary recommendations.

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