County to consider Ebola preparation grant

By Scott Witten - [email protected]

LAURINBURG — Scotland County officials hope a grant will help local health officials between deal with prevention and management of the deadly Ebola virus.

The county Board of Commissioners will consider a request tonight to amend its budget to accept the $20,000 grant that will go to the Scotland County Health Department.

All 100 counties in North Carolina received between $20,000 and $39,000 — out of a total $1.8 million from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prepare for a possible outbreak. The money is distributed through the N.C. Public Health Preparedness.

Ebola is a rare viral hemorrhagic fever that can spur severe headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or unexplained hemorrhage, according to information from the CDC. The 2014 Ebola epidemic was the largest in history.

The grant will be used for training, staff education and the purchase of personal-protective equipment.

The county board is also expected to vote to amend its budget to accept a $2,500 gift from Murphy Brown to help purchase a K9 for the sheriff’s office. Officials said no county funds will be used in the purchase.

In a related matter, the board will consider a resolution authorizing the sale of a retired sheriff’s dog — K9 Captain Lola — to the dog’s handler.

The board will also hear an update of the activities of the sheriff’s office and the jail.

The board will also consider a request from the Scotland County Public Library to forgive the fines of 509 library patrons. The fines total $3,239.70.

The library has collected $11,000 in fines.

The commissioners will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the A.B. Gibson Center at 322 S. Main St. The regular meeting had been rescheduled from Tuesday.

By Scott Witten

[email protected]

Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023

Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023

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