2 Long Island Hospitals Designated for Ebola Treatment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Out of the eight New York hospitals designated to handle potential Ebola patients, two are on Long Island: Stony Brook University Hospital and the North Shore LIJ, state officials announced Thursday.But North Shore LIJ has yet to identify which one of its 17 locations will receive that designation, its spokeswoman said. When the health system will make that determination is also unknown.Part of the agreement with the state required both hospitals to have created special isolation units to treat the infection.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state health and transportation officials convening in New York City briefed the media Thursday regarding the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. They also used the platform to urge calm, noting that the anxiety level has far surpassed the actual gravity of the situation.“I believe people are much more anxious and there’s a semi-hysteria about it, which is understandable,” Cuomo said. “But it is not backed up by the numbers or the probability or the facts that we have at this time. But I understand why people are afraid.”To date, only three people—a Liberian man who eventually died and two nurses who treated him in Dallas—have been diagnosed in the US. Still, missteps made by the hospital in Dallas have forced officials nationwide to re-examine their protocols when dealing with such a deadly infectious disease as Ebola.Related: Yale student monitored for Ebola-like symptoms at Connecticut hospitalDr. Howard A. Zucker, New York State Health Department’s acting commissioner, said that starting next week his staff will visit hospitals throughout the state to examine their protocols.He said the health department is working closely with physicians and other health professionals so they’re better prepared to recognize a potential Ebola patient.Zucker also said he’s issued a “Commissioner’s Order” to all New York hospitals and medical centers requiring they follow proper protocols for identification, isolation and evaluation of potential patients. All health systems are mandated to properly train their workers with regard to safely donning and removing their personal protective equipment, he said.Cuomo said both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the MTA is working with employees to make sure they have the necessary equipment and training to protect themselves. Unannounced drills that have already taken place at hospitals and college campuses will be expanded to include the subway and other transit systems, he said.“This is not in their job description, it’s not what you sign up for when you sign up to be a transit worker, but everyone has responded admirably,” Cuomo said.Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye noted that since US Customs and Border Protection agents have been screening travelers arriving at JFK from three Western African nations—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—none have been identified as having Ebola. (Foye also said that an Air Afrik passenger who died Thursday morning on board the plane while it was en route to JFK had suffered from cardiac arrest. His death “was no way related to the Ebola virus,” he said.)CBP agents, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are escorting all the travelers from the Ebola-infected countries to a private area where they have their temperature taken. If passengers are visibly showing other symptoms, they are then referred to the CDC for a public health assessment.The Port Authority has been directed by Cuomo to coordinate efforts with each international state airport, issuing advice and best practices, Foye said. The partnership with these airports will commence immediately, he said.Cuomo said the state is implementing these steps out of an abundance of caution.“I would rather that than the alternative, which is we’re unprepared,” he said. “And that’s what we’re doing here. We’re preparing if the situation presents itself.”While acknowledging that “Ebola is a frightening disease,” he said there’s no reason for undue anxiety among the public. “There’s no reason to panic,” he said.Cuomo, sounding confident, said there’s no state more prepared in the country to handle a “situation like this.”Commissioner Zucker reminded the public to get a flu shot so doctors can rule out that virus out and then focus on a possible Ebola infection, prompting Cuomo to respond:“I’m getting mine right away, I’m one of those anxious types!”List of designated hospitals:Mt. Sinai in ManhattanNew York Presbyterian in ManhattanBellevue in ManhattanMontefiore in the BronxNorth Shore/LIJ Health System in Nassau CountyUpstate University Hospital in SyracuseUniversity of Rochester Medical Center in RochesterStony Brook University Hospital on Long Islandlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Condemns Trump Administration Rule that Strips Health Care Rights of Americans Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

first_img June 14, 2020 Wolf Administration Condemns Trump Administration Rule that Strips Health Care Rights of Americans Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Healthcare,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and cabinet members of his health and human services agencies today condemned the Trump Administration’s final rule stripping Americans of their right to health care because of their sexual orientation and gender identity that was previously guaranteed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).“This rule flies in the face of every policy and protection my administration has put in place,” Gov. Wolf said. “Changing an Affordable Care Act rule that includes provisions for non-discrimination based on sex to include only male and female genders is another attempt to dismantle the ACA and put our LGBTQ community’s well-being at greater risk by trying to delegitimize this vulnerable population. It is especially egregious to finalize a rule that could deny health care to anyone in the midst of a pandemic and on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting.”“In a time when our nation and the world are facing an unprecedented pandemic, it is unconscionable that the Trump Administration would make such significant changes to our health care system that put the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “These actions not only put the LGBTQ community at risk, they put our entire health care system in jeopardy. These continuous attacks on the rights of transgender Americans must stop. Gov. Wolf has shown that protecting the rights of all Pennsylvanians is essential to our continued success and prosperity — the federal government should do the same.”“The Trump administration’s consistent attempts to undermine the ACA are detrimental to the well-being of all Americans, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other factor,” said Commissioner Jessica Altman. “To release this rule on this day, the anniversary of lives lost at Pulse Nightclub, during Pride Month, makes their decision to rollback protections for the LGTBQ community all the more reprehensible. At a time when this country is so desperate for unity, this decision only sows more division. I, along with the entire Wolf administration, will continue to reject discrimination and defend the rights of all Pennsylvanians, no matter who they are or who they love.”“By ending specific non-discrimination requirements for health services, the Trump Administration is allowing for medical professionals to deny vital, life-saving services and could result in health care that is ineffective or inappropriate for LGBTQ and other vulnerable individuals. This will only exacerbate the health problems for the LGBTQ and other communities,” said Secretary Teresa Miller. “As our nation faces a pandemic that is affecting people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds, we cannot create more barriers and inequitable access to medical care. It is our responsibility as public servants to lead in a way that uplifts and seeks to correct inequities among marginalized and underserved people. These attacks on human rights targeted towards transgender people are unacceptable and cruel, and we must do better.”“As a member of Governor Wolf’s LGBT Workgroup, and in collaboration with our many LGBTQ partners, aging services providers, and stakeholders, the Department of Aging has made its commitment to diversity, increased cultural competency, and inclusion a major priority,” said Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres. “This rule is a shameful attempt to exclude a community that is already facing unique challenges and deserving of equal access to health care. Our department is proud to stand with the LGBTQ elders, and the entire LGBTQ community and advocate for protections they rightfully deserve.”Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more