While there are no known cases of Ebola in New York, Gov. Cuomo outlined the State’s plans for Ebola preparedness on Thursday. He assured New Yorkers that “the state is taking every precaution to protect their health and safety,” and said that New York is one of the best-prepared states in the nation to deal with the virus.
He said that the state has designated eight hospitals around the state to treat potential patients with Ebola (four in New York City, two on Long Island, and two Upstate). The state Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Commissioner’s Order to all hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centers, and ambulance services in the state requiring them to follow protocols for identification, isolation and medical evaluation of patients requiring care. An education session for healthcare workers will be held in New York City on October 21. He also said that the Port Authority is taking steps to ensure that airport personnel are prepared to deal with patients who may have Ebola.