At Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, the 5-year-old child who was admitted and tested negative for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), is being discharged today, according to hospital officials. Lab results confirmed the patient had a respiratory illness that was treated. The patient requires no further hospitalization but will be actively monitored along with his mother and one other sibling, as they have returned from Guinea within the last 21 days.
It is also reported that Doctors without Borders physician with Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer status remains the same. Bellevue officials say Dr. Spencer is in serious but stable condition.
In Albany, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that two additional hospitals – Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) in Western New York – have agreed to be designated to treat potential patients with Ebola, bringing the total number of hospitals statewide with this designation to ten.
“Today we are continuing to err on the side of caution in order to protect the public’s health and safety,” Governor Cuomo said. “In joining the eight other designated Ebola treatment centers across the State, these two hospitals are further bolstering our level of preparedness here in New York. As we continuing to expand the list of designated treatment centers to ensure geographic diversity, New Yorkers should rest assured that we are doing everything necessary to safeguard against the risks of Ebola.”
The list of 10 is as follows:
- Bellevue in Manhattan
- Erie County Medical Center
- Montefiore in the Bronx
- Mt. Sinai in Manhattan
- New York Presbyterian in Manhattan
- North Shore Health System in Nassau County
- Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse
- University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester
- Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island
- Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo