October 23, 2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined New York State's response to a positive test for Ebola in a patient at Bellevue Hospital in New York City – in order to ensure public health and safety and contain the disease. Bellevue Hospital is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Governor Cuomo specially designated earlier this month to treat Ebola patients as part of the State's Ebola Preparedness Plan. Bellevue has been prepared and equipped for the isolation, identification and treatment of Ebola patients. As part of Governor Cuomo's Ebola Preparedness Plan, New York State health, public safety, and transportation officials have been in engaging in an ongoing series of training exercises and drills to be ready for just such a potential Ebola case.
Statement On Suspect Ebola Case From Dr. Howard Zucker, Acting Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
The state Department of Health is closely monitoring this potential caseand is working with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that all appropriate protocols are being followed to protect public health and safety. This patient is undergoing testing at Bellevue Hospital, which is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Governor Cuomo designated earlier this month as part of his Ebola Preparedness Plan to handle potential cases. That facility is prepared and equipped for the isolation, identification, and treatment of any such patients. Preliminary test results are expected to be completed in the next 12 hours.It is important to remember that the symptoms exhibited by this patient can be indicative of other illnesses and that there is no confirmed case at this time.
October 15, 2014
The New York State Department of Health today announced the winners of the inaugural New York State Health Innovation Challenge – a four-month contest among tech companies vying to create the most useful technological tool to help consumers make sense of health data. The contest is a public-private partnership that builds upon New York's open data initiative.
October 12, 2014
Health care workers are understandably concerned upon hearing news of a health care worker in Texas who apparently acquired Ebola from the patient who recently died from this infection. CDC and Texas health authorities are conducting an intensive investigation into the events that caused this patient's exposure to Ebola. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden stated that a breach of infection control protocol was the cause of this second U.S. case.
September 26, 2014
New York State Department of Health Encourages New Yorkers to Participate In National Prescription Drug Take-back Day
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has announced that New York will once again participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for people to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs at hundreds of local community drop-off sites throughout the state.
September 24, 2014
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the spread of enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) throughout New York State and is again reminding New Yorkers to take precautions to stop new infections.