Why Kent State’s public health emergency is more than just a case of a hospital being unsafe—it’s a crisis
A day after a Kent State University emergency room was put on lockdown, the governor said Thursday that the situation was worse than initially reported.
Governor Larry Hogan announced that a campus emergency response team would be sent to the Kent State hospital after the chief executive of the university’s health care agency announced that the lockdown at the university had ended.
Kent State University has closed its doors, and the lockdown is ending.
This is a crisis, Gov.
Larry Hogan said.
The university is working with the state and local emergency management officials to determine what steps to take.
The lockdown was lifted around 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
Kathleen O’Donnell, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said she was saddened by the announcement, saying it could have been avoided if hospitals had better training and protocols.
She said she would meet with the governor to discuss the situation.
The president of Kent State Public Health said he would meet Thursday with Hogan to discuss how to respond to a health emergency.
Kent State students and staff have been told to be prepared to return home as soon as possible.
“We want to reassure students and families that we are committed to doing everything possible to get back to normal as quickly as possible, said David Hager, the chief of staff to the university president.
Hogan said he will meet with O’Brien and other top administrators at the state Department of Health and Human Services.
O’Boyle said she will meet the governor in person with a group of experts to discuss strategies for how to ensure the state has adequate resources to respond.
Hogan’s announcement comes as many other schools and universities are facing similar public health crises.
A report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of H.I.V.-16 in the United States has nearly tripled since the start of the outbreak.
The CDC said more than 6,500 Americans have contracted the virus, including more than 4,000 who have died.