DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins personally escorted the family of Ebola carrier Thomas Duncan to a 4 bedroom spacious home in a gated community Friday. It’s where they will live, miles away from their cramped apartment in Dallas while under quarantine.
“I’m wearing the same shirt I was when I was in the car for 45 minutes today with that family,” said Jenkins about the car ride. “If there was any risk, I wouldn’t expose myself or my family,” he said during Friday’s press conference where city and county leaders called the move necessary.
“Where they were living was a terrible place. And we are more decent than that,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
The move is also expected to help diffuse the intense scrutiny neighbors at the Ivy Apartments have faced.
“There were three men who were told when they showed up at their place of employment this morning were told they couldn’t work because they lived in this apartment complex,” said Dallas Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates.
She said threats were made against the family and added that Legal Aid North West is helping residents cope with the situation.
A Haz Mat mat cleaning crew collected linens, clothes and mattresses from the apartment Duncan was staying at.
Any material potentially soiled with bodily fluid will go in sealed barrels and stored in a locked and guarded truck.
It was a job some were hesitant to take.
“We worked with the city of Dallas on many occasions. We had no fear of them putting us in a bad situation. We’ve trained for this for years,” said one crew member.
The county is still working to get a permit to move the potentially hazardous materials. It’s a process leaders said needs work.
“It’s a teaching moment for all of us, the situation we’re in. We need to speed up this process,” said Jenkins. “System wise, permit wise, IT communication wise we really just need to keep working on this.”
The State of Texas is footing the $65,000 bill for phase I of the cleanup process.
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