No Declaration: Commissioners Opt Not to Declare ‘State of Disaster’

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DALLAS -- It's the source of stress and concern in the city of Dallas: Ebola.

"This is not Dallas’ tornado or Galveston’s hurricane; this is America’s Ebola outbreak,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.

So, then would you consider this outbreak a disaster? Well, apparently our epic Ebola crisis isn’t worthy of that designation. Dallas County commissioners opted not to declare a State of Disaster. Hey, weren’t they ones pushing for it?

Guess they had a change of mind. In fact, before Thursday’s emergency meeting was even underway, commissioners retreated into executive session. Looks like whatever was discussed behind closed doors, closed the door on the declaration.

“We just don’t feel like we need it at this time," Jenkins explained. "It’s a very serious situation, but we just need to save that tool in our tool box for when we need it.”

Okay, so Dallas isn’t a disaster, but some stiff parameters were placed on the 75-hospital workers currently being monitored. They must now voluntarily agree to restrict their travel, monitor themselves and stay away from all public places.

“If they do that, we will know instantaneously if their temperature spikes, and we will take measures accordingly,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

This Ebola scare has cost the county some serious cash – about half-a-million bucks according to Judge Jenkins. But, he says the state is helping foot the bill.

So, there you have it -- Dallas County might appear to be on the brink of disaster, but we’re not officially there…yet.

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