Oklahoma Gov.

Scott Pruitt is asking state officials to accept patients from Ebola-infected West African countries at Evergreen Memorial Hospital in Akron, as a precautionary measure.

The hospital, which opened in December, will be a staging area for new cases of Ebola in the region.

The governor’s office released a statement Friday saying the governor has not yet authorized the use of the hospital as a quarantine area.

But the state will be working with other facilities and health departments to ensure patients have proper protective gear and isolation.

A statement from the state Department of Health says officials are still assessing how to best prepare for Ebola.

We will continue to evaluate the situation, and we will communicate as needed.

The CDC, which oversees the Oklahoma State Department of Public Health, will help coordinate the process, the statement said. KJRH.com