UPDATE: The Florida Department of Health provided the following statement Friday: "Florida hospitals are prepared. In addition we have worked to enhance Florida’s readiness across the state through acquiring additional PPEs [personal protective equipment], establishing a National Guard Rapid Response Team and working with all hospitals, first responders and ports of entry to maintain the strong sense of readiness we have established regarding Ebola in Florida. We will continue to push the federal government to provide additional testing kits and to conduct screening at Florida airports."
ORIGINAL POST: Republican Gov. Rick Scott made Ebola preparedness a top priority in October during the final weeks of his re-election campaign — so much so, that he appeared on live television to tout his plans for keeping Floridians safe.
But as of Thursday, no Florida hospitals had been designated Ebola treatment centers.
The 36 treatment centers are in New York, California and ten other states, along with the District of Columbia, according to a list released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The closest to Florida is Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
While the CDC plays a role in assessing potential Ebola treatment centers, it is up to state health officials to decide which hospitals receive the designation.
Florida Department of Health spokesman Nathan Dunn declined to say why no Florida hospitals appeared on the list. But he noted that 159 hospitals in Florida have completed Ebola-specific training.
"We feel like we’ve taken the steps necessary to make sure Florida is prepared for a case of Ebola," he said.
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