NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the NYPD are taking steps to protect officers from potential exposure to Ebola.
The NYPD on Wednesday issued rules on what officers should do if they come into contact with someone who exhibits Ebola symptoms.
The police department instructions include steps that say members should stay at least three feet away from the individual, should use their patrol kit that contains gloves, a gown and a facial covering and only touch the individual when absolutely necessary.
The Port Authority says it is distributing sealed “hi-risk kits” to 2,000 police officers that contain a face mask with eye shields, non-latex gloves, a disinfecting handwipe and a red “biohazard” bag for infectious materials.
“We have distributed personal protective gear to our first responders in the event it may be needed to deal with the Ebola situation, especially at the airports,” Steve Coleman, acting director of media relations for the Port Authority, said in a statement. “As you probably know, there could be occasions when our officers are in contact with a person suspected of having the virus. Our actions in distributing this gear is above and beyond anything required by the CDC and is done for the protection of our employees.”
The gear has been given to first responders at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, the Port Authority said.