Catholic Health Services (CHS) continues to monitor all available information regarding the Zika virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 1,404 reported cases in the non-territorial U.S., none of which were locally acquired mosquito-borne cases, as of July 20, 2016. Of these, 345 travel-related cases were reported in New York. Health officials have been taking steps to proactively manage the local mosquito population as a precaution. The New York State Department of Health offers recommendations at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/.
The latest updates for health care providers and the public are available at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.
As we have witnessed the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak from West Africa to the United States, Catholic Health Services of Long Island continues to prepare its staff and facilities to provide the highest quality care for any potential Ebola patients, while ensuring the foremost degree of safety for both its clinical and non-clinical staff.
CHS hospitals have followed all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the screening, isolation and proper evidence-based management of patients with EVD. CHS facilities and health care personnel have been preparing for EVD through ongoing education and readiness assessment meetings [December 2014]. This training includes a review of CDC and NYSDOH guidelines, proper use of personal protective equipment and mandatory emergency drills, which have been conducted at all acute care campuses. Additional protective equipment resources are being allocated for the potential care teams, and strict adherence to CDC guidelines is being followed at all campuses for effective screening recognition and isolation in all CHS facilities. Also, facilities will have signage throughout patient entry ways, listing countries where the disease is endemic and asking patients to tell the admitting nurse if they have traveled to any areas of concern. If they have, then appropriate isolation protocols will be initiated.
Visit the CDC website to learn more about signs, symptoms and other helpful information about EVD.