DALLAS – The Ebola crisis in Big D is focused on a small apartment. Four people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan have no choice now but to stay put.
A state order has them quarantined in there, and we hear they we ‘non-compliant’ about staying put.
The woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Louise, is quarantined with one of her children under 13 and two nephews in their 20s, CNN's Anderson Cooper said Thursday.
"Nobody is supposed to go inside the apartment,” said Sally Nuran, manager at The Ivy Apartments. “They are in the apartment. They cannot come out. They are not even allowed to come on the porch."
And police are making sure that happens. Enough food for a few weeks was delivered to the family. They will get visitors though – a cleaning crew to get the sheets and other stuff Duncan had contact with.
"The company that is doing the cleaning has worked for hospitals and for Dallas County before,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. "We've used them in HIV and AIDS situations."
Duncan is still in isolation at Presbyterian Hospital in serious condition.
Potentially serious? The amount of people he had contact with since arriving in Dallas. That list has grown to 100. There’s a lot of temperature taking going on. So far, no one – besides Duncan – has symptoms.
"If there is another case and that presents at any of our emergency rooms, we prepared our emergency rooms so that they are all ready to handle this,” Judge Jenkins said.
Despite the close contact, Louise “does not feel that she came into any contact with any (bodily) fluids” from Duncan, Cooper said. “She says he didn’t vomit on her. She wasn’t cleaning up after him. She said he was very much sort of prideful, would take care of himself, go into the bathroom when he had diarrhea."
If Duncan survives this, he may feel sick over his legal issues. Liberian officials will charge him with allegedly lying on his airport screening questionnaire. He apparently never mentioned having contact with Ebola patients.
"It's very stressful, we're here, but we appreciate as much help as we can get 'cause just got here contracted this stuff and he needs to pay back the hospital,” Duncan's nephew Josephus Weeks said.
And someone at the hospital may be paying for this -- with their job.
The finger-pointing likely continues over why staff here sent Duncan away when he first arrived.
Sure, hindsight is always 20/20, but in this case 100 people – and the four stuck in the apartment – likely with things were done differently.