FRISCO — Crews are transporting a patient exhibiting “signs and symptoms of Ebola” from a Frisco CareNow to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
WFAA has confirmed a vehicle roped off outside the clinic is registered to a deputy who accompanied county officials into the apartment where Duncan stayed in Dallas. The deputy was very vocal about not wearing protective gear during the visit.
The CareNow is located in the 300 block of Main Street. Patients are currently being held inside the clinic as crews at the scene examine staff and others inside the building.
“The patient claims to have had contact with the Dallas ‘patient zero,'” according to a statement from Dana Baird-Hanks, a spokeswoman with the city of Frisco.
According to a statement from the clinic, the patient answered “yes” on a form “regarding travel to West Africa.”
“We are being very cautious and are in contact with the health department to ensure we follow proper protocol,” said Vicki Johns, with CareNow. “Our concern is for the safety and well being of everyone in our clinic.”
News 8’s Jason Whitely spoke to Chuck Moreno, who had gone into the CareNow facility with his 15-year-old son to get a flu shot Wednesday. Moreno told News 8 he saw a patient, whose skin was flushed and was hunched over but walking, enter the clinic with his wife.
Within minutes, police and fire units surrounded the facility, taped off a gray SUV, and isolated other patients at the facility.
Moreno asked a CareNow employee if it was related to Ebola, and he said the employee nodded her head “yes.”
Moreno said he and his son quarantined themselves into an examination room, put on surgical masks they found in the room, and sprayed disinfectant on themselves. Moreno said staff told them he and his son could not leave CareNow and would be transferred to a major medical center, but he was unsure which one at the time.
Outside the building, people in hazardous material suits readied an ambulance for transport of the patient.
Officials say a conference will be held at 3:30 p.m.