New Orleans officials are asking for help in dealing with Ebola cases

LOUISIANA — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has asked the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals to consider offering indemnity to hospitals for treating Ebola patients who had contact with other patients in their care.

Landrieus’ request was issued Thursday morning by health officials in the city and was accompanied by a letter to the Louisiana Governor requesting the state provide indemnity.

Landries office says it received a response to the letter Wednesday from the Department of Public Health.

The letter says the request “is intended to assist health officials and health care providers in ensuring the health of our community, and in protecting health care workers from infection during and after this pandemic.”

A request for additional information on the city’s request for indemnity was not immediately returned.

Landreese said he had been working with state officials since the virus first emerged in West Africa.

In the letter to Landrieuz, officials say the city has an additional $1.6 million available to help with the costs of the citys Ebola response.

It says that indemnity would be paid by the state, not the city.

It also notes that there is no federal reimbursement.

The city says it is asking the state to pay for additional testing and testing equipment for health care professionals who are infected with Ebola.