CT EBOLA UPDATE: Hospitalized student to remain in isolation for now

While preliminary test results indicate the Yale graduate student hospitalized for Ebola-like symptoms after returning from West Africa does not have Ebola, the student will remain in an isolation unit for now.

The tests were conducted by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. The student is at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

“Certainly this is encouraging news,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said of the negative results. “While the initial test results are negative, Dr. [Jewel] Mullen has made the determination that it is in the best interest for residents in New Haven and the surrounding area that the patient remain isolated as we await official test results from the [the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].”

Mullen is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

All hospitals to conduct drills

Earlier today, Malloy outlined the state’s efforts to safeguard against the spread of Ebola. He has directed every hospital in the state, in coordination with Emergency Medical Services personnel, to perform a drill within the next week to assure that procedures are up to standard.

In addition, the governor is convening a Unified Command Team to be chaired by Mullen that will coordinate the state’s ongoing emergency management efforts involving Ebola.

“We will continue to monitor the current situation and provide whatever resources we have at our disposal to ensure that everyone — from the nurses in our emergency rooms to our first responders and our law enforcement personnel — has the ability to do their critically important jobs safely and effectively,” Malloy said.