- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A senior Ohio health official says the state’s on track to receive the protective gear it’s ordering to prepare for the possibility of Ebola.

The Department of Health has obtained authorization to spend $300,000 for thousands of new outfits, including gowns, boot covers, goggles and respirators.

Lynne Bratka, the interim chief of the agency’s Bureau of Health Preparedness, says that while not everything is coming as quickly as desired, the state is successful in acquiring the gear.

She said suppliers are doing everything they can to increase their volume.

Ohio’s contract is with Cardinal Health in Dublin in suburban Columbus.

Ohio upped its preparations after a Dallas nurse who visited family in northeastern Ohio tested positive for the Ebola virus after returning to Texas last week.

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