Business as usual at Cleveland Hopkins Int’l Airport


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – It was business as usual Thursday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, just one day after Amber Vinson, the Texas nurse who came down with Ebola, traveled through the airport.

Airport spokesperson Jacqueline Mayo said they went above and beyond the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations to clean the airport.

A CDC certified company was brought in overnight to decontaminate the facility.

“There is not many of them out there to come in and literally drop little bombs in concourses to get into all the nooks and crannies and everything,” Mayo said.

Surveillance cameras in the airport were able to track Vinson’s movement throughout the airport, helping the company pinpoint areas.

“We cleaned the jetway that she used, the holding area where she sat as well as the five rest rooms on Concourse A,” Mayo said.

Airport staff members continue to clean and disinfect areas as part of their daily duties.

Several travelers said they are not worried about Ebola but are taking precautions.

“We travel with a ton of hand sanitizer, a lot of anti-bacterial wipes,” said Savannah Carlton of Arizona. “As soon as we sit down, everything gets wiped down really good, so not really worried about it.”

Cleveland resident Joseph Von Enck said following protocol is the most important thing to do.

“Just wash your hands a lot when you come to any space or after you go to any space,” Enck said.

Sanitizers can be found throughout the airport for passenger use.

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