ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s been in contact this week with federal government officials about his request that Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport be added to advance screening sites for Ebola.
Dayton said he planned to renew those conversations later Thursday. He spoke Tuesday with a White House adviser for Homeland Security. Dayton wants Minnesota’s main airport to be added to the hubs where international travelers from certain countries get health screenings upon arrival.READ MORE: Elk River Teacher's Discussion On Police Violence And Unrest Angers Some Parents
The governor said he is also setting up meetings with the state hospital and nurses associations about preparations if the viral disease showed up in Minnesota.READ MORE: 'Unbelievable' Pandemic Furniture Demand Causing Extreme Delivery Delays
The state nurses union has urged that hospitals provide more advanced protective equipment to guard against infection. Dayton says he hopes to hear what role, if any, the state should play.MORE NEWS: Unnecessary Roughness? Former Gophers Claim Tough Practices Ended Football Careers
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