HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said he has signed an executive order to create an Ebola virus joint response team to coordinate on Ebola preparedness in the state.
The group will oversee the state’s response as officials screen passengers from West Africa for Ebola symptoms when they arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport.
“The public in New Jersey needs to know we are prepared and we’re ready to deal with whatever comes,” Christie said Wednesday at an Ebola response and readiness briefing at Hackensack University Medical Center. “We’re constantly reviewing our protocols and our approaches to make sure that we’re doing it in the best possible way that we can.”
Symptomatic travelers would immediately be transported to one of three designated hospitals in the state.
Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said the three designated hospitals are University Hospital in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack.
The Health Department has also purchased nearly $1 million worth of additional personal protection equipment for hospital workers.
Christie urged calm as the state prepared for new potential cases. He said the state is taking the threat “extraordinarily seriously, but we are not going to be in the business of stoking hysteria” with the public.
“Everyone needs to be calm,” he said.