The second person in the U.S. to have Ebola lived just a block away.
But far more concerning to Tonya Huff on Sunday afternoon were the high number of turnovers the Dallas Cowboys were committing in their game against the Seattle Seahawks.
“I can’t live in fear. That’s not living,” Huff said as she watched the game from the San Francisco Rose, a bar around the corner from the East Dallas apartment of a medical worker who contracted Ebola. “If it’s already here, there’s nothing I can do.”
Sunday’s announcement that the second case of Ebola had surfaced in Dallas — the first transmitted case in the U.S. — sparked a mix of emotions in this North Texas community. Most people went about their business.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was busy reassuring residents — again – that the virus, though deadly and frightening, is being contained.
“This shows the system’s working,” Rawlings said of the work decontaminating the patient’s apartment.
James Hinckley, 30, lives next door to the infected worker. He was at work Sunday morning at the Italian restaurant he manages when he began receiving phone calls from concerned friends and relatives. He said he wasn’t altering his day-to-day activities, other than moving to a friend’s home for a few days. The move wasn’t about avoiding Ebola — but to avoid the crush of news media that appeared on his street.
James said the news was initially “nerve-wracking,” but after reading up on how the virus is spread, he felt more at ease.
“I didn’t know this person and I wasn’t in contact with her,” he said. “I’m OK.”
More concerning to Jennifer Jutton, 35, who lives nearby, was the fact that the infected patient had a dog. It was unknown Sunday whether the dog also had the virus or how it would be spread it. Rawlings said Sunday that the dog remained in the apartment and will be saved.
“It’s about the dog,” Jutton said. “That’s the headline now.”
SOURCE: Rick Jervis