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Summit County to host simulated public health emergency

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Summit County Public Health and several partner organizations will conduct a full-scale infectious disease outbreak exercise on Saturday, June 17, at the Summit County Bus Barn, next to the County Commons in Frisco. The exercise is intended to serve as an opportunity for local officials to practice emergency processes that would be used during an actual public health crisis.

"If Summit County experienced a large-scale health emergency, like an anthrax release or pandemic flu, we would need to work very quickly to set up an efficient system through which residents could receive the necessary medications," Summit County Public Health director Amy Wineland said in a news release. "We have processes in place to obtain the medications, transport them here and dispense them to our local population."

During such an emergency, the state would activate Strategic National Stockpile plans, which would include setting up locations to dispense life-saving medications.

Summit County Public Health is recruiting volunteers to assist in the exercise by acting as members of the public who would be going through drive-through dispensing points in a real situation. Volunteers will queue up in a line in their vehicles, complete medical screening paperwork, talk to a medical screener and receive simulated medications. Volunteers will not be asked to provide real medical information.

The dispensing point will be open from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, June 17, at the Summit County Bus Barn, 222 County Shops Road, Frisco. Each trip through the site will take about 10 minutes.

Volunteers can also take advantage of free drug drop-off services at the event. The Summit County Sheriff's Office will accept expired or unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal.

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