DCHHS receives resolution at Texas Capitol
State Representative Yvonne Davis today presented DCHHS with a resolution at the Capitol in Austin. The House of Representatives of the 84th Texas Legislature commended DCHHS for its efforts during the first Ebola outbreak in the Nation.
In Austin to receive the resolution were DCHHS staff members: Zachary Thompson, director; Dr. Christopher Perkins, medical director/health authority; Tammara Scroggins, assistant director public health communicable disease; and Erikka Neroes, public information officer.
|Left to right: Dr. Christopher Perkins, Erikka Neroes, Tammara Scroggins, Rep. Yvonne Davis, Zachary Thompson|
“We appreciate this esteemed resolution from the Texas House of Representatives and for recognizing DCHHS for the work accomplished during the Ebola outbreak,” Thompson said. “This is a great honor we share with our many partners who work hard every day to ensure the health and well-being of our citizens.”
The resolution reads:
WHEREAS, Dallas County Health and Human Services deserves special recognition for its performance during the nation's first Ebola outbreak in October 2014; and
WHEREAS, Before the crisis, DCHHS had prepared thoroughly for such an incident; the agency had previously dealt with health emergencies caused by West Nile virus, the H1N1 virus, and tuberculosis, and it had conducted routine drills in anticipation of other major illness outbreaks; and
WHEREAS, Once a case of Ebola was confirmed in Dallas, the agency's personnel undertook numerous tasks to control the crisis, among them clinical assessments, lab testing, contact tracing, public education, and resource support; nurses in the Communicable Disease Division monitored passengers who had traveled on the same flights as an Ebola patient, and DCHHS employees fielded calls from concerned residents and inquiries from as far away as Bahrain; in addition, the agency quickly provided translations of fact sheets in 10 languages to ensure that area residents had access to crucial information; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the month of October, DCHHS employees worked around the clock to identify and monitor the contacts of new Ebola cases; the county was deemed free of Ebola on November 7, 2014, but while DCHHS returned to normal operations, it continued its efforts to prevent another outbreak, monitoring more than 30 individuals who had traveled from West Africa; and
WHEREAS, The staff of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrated skill, professionalism, and dedication during a frightening medical crisis, and its proven ability to protect public health is a source of tremendous reassurance to area citizens; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 84th Texas Legislature hereby commend Dallas County Health and Human Services for its response to the October 2014 Ebola outbreak and extend to all members of the staff sincere best wishes for continued success in their vital endeavors; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the agency as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.