AKRON, Ohio -- Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson was in Tallmadge planning her own wedding this weekend and shopped for bridesmaid dresses at a bridal shop in Akron; now her fiancé of three months is self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms in Dallas.
Vinson had announced plans to marry over the summer, long before the threat of Ebola reached the United States. After Vinson, a nurse, cared for Ebola patient Eric Thomas Duncan in Dallas last week, she traveled home to Tallmadge to make arrangements for the wedding.
Summit County Public Health officials said Vinson was cautious during her time in Ohio, visiting only a select group of family and friends. Officials have so far determined that 12 people in Ohio had contact with Vinson, eight of whom are under self quarantine. Four are in frequent communication with public health staff.
The fiancé, who lives in Texas, called his workplace and told them he had been around Vinson before she got sick, according to WFAA Television in Dallas.
Coming Attractions, the bridal store that Vinson visited in Akron Saturday, closed indefinitely Thursday. Shoppers who visited the store from noon to 3:30 p.m. that day are being told to call the Summit County Ebola hotline, 330-926-3939, for instructions.
A store clerk said Vinson had already bought her dress and came back Saturday to look for bridesmaids gowns.