NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We’re ready. We’re prepared. That was the message Thursday from state and city officials gearing up to deal with a potential Ebola outbreak.
According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, people on the front lines state-wide are being trained and equipped to handle the deadly virus.
“Literally coordinating the entire system — airports, trains, terminals, and the right hospitals in the right regional areas with the right training in place,” Cuomo said.
All 200 hospitals across the state are prepared, officials said, but eight, including Bellevue, Mount Sinai, Long Island Jewish and North Shore-LIJ are dedicated Ebola hospitals that have special facilities for treating the disease, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
The eight hospitals selected as “first response” facilities are:
• Mount Sinai Hospital
• NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
• Bellevue Hospital Center
• Long Island Jewish Medical Center
• Montefiore Medical Center
• SUNY Upstate Hospital
• Stony Brook University Hospital
• University of Rochester Medical Center
Police, Emergency Medical Services, hospital workers and even Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees are being trained and drilled, Kramer reported.
“We are trying to get the entire system up to speed, but we are also developing specialized capacity and identifying certain facilities, certain workers where we can,” Cuomo said during a news conference in Manhattan, alongside several agency heads.
Cuomo said he prefers that the state err on the side of caution rather than being caught unprepared.