Northeast Indiana counties practice large scale Ebola drill

A tent in place at The District 3 Healthcare Coalition's Ebola drill on March 11, 2016.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A number of representatives from various health departments, hospitals, first responders and law enforcement agencies participated in an Ebola exercise. On Friday, the District 3 Healthcare Coalition sponsored the drill for all 11 counties in the district.

More than 200 people from northeast Indiana's 11 counties gathered to practice an Ebola drill on March 11, 2016.
More than 200 people from northeast Indiana’s 11 counties gathered to practice an Ebola drill on March 11, 2016.

The drill simulated how each county would use the plans already in place for handling a person under investigation for Ebola. Counties shared their plan and practiced how communities would handle Ebola or a similar threat.

District 3 Healthcare Coalition Chairperson Troy Jester said that while Ebola threat has subsided, this drill allows counties to practice plans that have not been tested yet.

“Knowing that the cases of Ebola has declined, we still need to prepare and train and exercise together because there are always other infectious diseases that we’ll have to deal with,” Jester said.

“It’s really important for us to look at the collaboration between departments because we have to detect new diseases and that is a cooperation between the hospitals, other health officials and then the health departments,” Parkview Hospital Medical Director Scott Stienecker said.

Twenty-one hospitals from all 11 counties in northeast Indiana participated in Friday’s tabletop exercise.

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