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November 21, 2014

Governor Cuomo Announces Executive Order to Help Ensure Continued Health Care During Snowstorm

Executive Order provides flexibility in receiving medication and health care provider staffing

November 10, 2014

It's Cold and Flu Season! New Yorkers are Urged to "Get Smart" About Antibiotics

The New York State Department of Health wants New Yorkers to think twice before expecting treatment with an antibiotic‎ when they become ill, because an antibiotic is not appropriate treatment for every illness. Acting Health Department Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker explains, "Antibiotics—while powerful agents in fighting bacterial infections—have no effect on viruses."

October 30, 2014

Governor Cuomo Announces Two Additional Hospitals Designated to Treat Ebola Patients

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that two additional hospitals – Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) in Western New York – have agreed to be designated to treat potential patients with Ebola, bringing the total number of hospitals statewide with this designation to ten.

Governor Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio Announce New York State, New York City to Create Program to Encourage Health Care Workers to Travel to West Africa to Treat Ebola Patients

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the State of New York and the City of New York will create a program of financial incentives and other employment protections to encourage health care professionals to travel to West Africa and provide assistance treating Ebola patients to help contain this disease.

October 23, 2014

Governor Cuomo Outlines State Response to Positive Test for Ebola in Patient in New York City

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.

October 15, 2014

Winners of New York State Health Innovation Challenge Announced

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.

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