From the Washoe County Health District:

A passenger on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 13 has traveled to the Reno area. The passenger reported to a local health care facility for screening and was released.


“We currently have no reason to expect that this individual poses any risk to the community,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “The individual reported to a health care facility, was screened and released according to CDC directives. The CDC determined that this individual did not pose a significant risk.”

The Washoe County Health District is in regular communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bolster its Ebola preparedness, according to Dick.  The Health District is sharing numerous health alerts from the CDC, including published checklists, hospital infection control, and screening and response protocol with health care workers throughout the area, Dick concluded.

From the Washoe County Health District

From Renown Regional Medical Center:

Late this afternoon a passenger on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 arrived at Renown Urgent Care at Vista Blvd. The passenger had been contacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of that agency's outreach to all 132 passengers on the flight. Care providers followed CDC protocols and assisted the passenger in contacting the CDC. The CDC determined that there was no risk of Ebola to the community and subsequently cleared the passenger to return home.

Information regarding Ebola preparations at Renown

·         Renown follows stringent protocols to prevent the spread of infectious disease including CDC guidelines regarding patients potentially at-risk for Ebola.

·         Preparations have included planning meetings, community discussions and education for protocols since August to ensure staff is prepared to handle a suspected case appropriately. We continue to work closely with Washoe County Health District and other agencies.

·         Screening questions to identify any potentially at-risk patients were implemented at all Renown Emergency Room, Medical Group and Urgent Care locations. For patients identified to be at risk, proper measures such as the appropriate isolation rooms, use of personal protective equipment, proper visitor restrictions or environmental infection control measures are utilized immediately.