LI Hospital Treats Coronavirus Patient; Staff May Self-Isolate
The first case of the new coronavirus was confirmed on Long Island. NYU Winthrop is treating the patient in an isolated area.
MINEOLA, NY — A Mineola hospital is treating a patient for coronavirus and may have to isolate some staff. NYU Winthrop confirmed to Patch on Thursday the patient has been isolated in an area of the hospital where protective measures were taken to help ensure staff and other patients are safe.
"After discharge from the hospital, he will be advised to self-quarantine for the period of time recommended under CDC guidelines," a spokeswoman for the hospital said. "The patient met the most recent CDC recommendations for testing, which were just implemented."
NYU Langone Health is working with state and county health officials to identify others who may have been exposed to the patient.
"Out of an abundance of caution, and if necessary, we may ask particular staff members to self-quarantine for the recommended period of time," the hospital said. "We also will monitor them regularly, even as they remain asymptomatic, following all standard infection control guidelines."
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Eight of the new New York coronavirus cases are connected to a series of positive tests in Westchester County. On Long Island, a 42-year-old man from Nassau County was hospitalized, officials said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran told reporters at a news conference Thursday afternoon that health teams traveled to the man's 五福彩票6688下载 and advised all his "close contacts" — such people he shares a 五福彩票6688下载 with or commutes with — to isolate themselves.
"The goal now is to avoid community spread," Curran said.
The man had an underlying illness but officials declined to elaborate. His condition is improving.
Cuomo, Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone all agreed: There's no reason to panic.
"If you live on Long Island, you can go about your routine," Curran said, adding that people should consider doing an "elbow bump" rather than shake hands, exchange cheek kisses or hug.
Bellone said 15 people are being monitored in Suffolk County and three are being tested. While there have been no confirmed cases yet, it's almost inevitable, he said.
"We understand testing is happening and that is likely to happen at some point," Bellone said.
The bottom line, Cuomo said, was that 80 percent of people infected by the virus will recover on their own. However, he estimated one in five will fall seriously ill, possibly requiring hospitalization. A small percentage could die.
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"That is a population that could be subject to a serous situation if the coronavirus was present there," he said.
About 500 people were expected to go into either mandatory or self-quarantine in Westchester County and New York City to stop the spread of coronavirus, officials said. This includes congregants and attendees at recent events at a Hudson Valley synagogue and several hospital staffers.
In the Hudson Valley, a 50-year-old man was diagnosed with coronavirus this week and hospitalized because he had an underlying breathing illness. He is in stable condition in intensive care and was said to be improving, state health officials said. Nine people linked to the man also tested positive.
The first coronavirus case in the state was a 34-year-old New York City health care worker who traveled to Iran. A man in his 40s and a woman in her 80s recently tested positive in the city and were sent to hospitals for intensive care, officials said Thursday.
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Dr. Robert W. Amler, a dean at Westchester Medical College and former chief medical officer at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, told Patch in a question-and-answer session this week the risk is low.
"Overall, the risk in this area and in the rest of the United States, even in California and Washington state, the risk to the public is still low, I would even say very low," he said. "Even if exposure occurs, even if infection occurs, for the vast majority of people the risk is still low."