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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
With Winter Storm’s Arrival, Health Department Urges New Yorkers Still Without Heat from Hurricane Sandy to Relocate to a Warm Place Immediately
Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley urged all New Yorkers who are living without heat due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to get to a warm, safe place immediately, as a winter storm hits the area and more wintry weather is expected this weekend. People who cannot find warm places to stay on their own can visit a NYC Restoration Center or call 311 and the City will find them a warm place to stay.
PRESS RELEASE # 037-12




Mayor


Thursday, December 20, 2012
Mayor Bloomberg Urges New Yorkers Still Without Heat from Hurricane Sandy to Relocate to a Warm Place Immediately
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg urged all New Yorkers who are living without heat due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to get to a warm, safe place immediately, as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing this weekend and stay cold for at least 3-4 days.
PRESS RELEASE # 483-12




Vital Statistics


Tuesday, December 11, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, DEPUTY MAYOR GIBBS, HEALTH COMMISSIONER FARLEY ANNOUNCE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR NEW YORKERS SURPASSES ALL-TIME HIGH, FURTHER OUTPACING NATIONAL GAINS
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley today announced that life expectancy in New York City has hit a record high, outpacing the national trend.
PRESS RELEASE # 465-12




Meningitis


Thursday, November 29, 2012
Health Department Expands Vaccination Recommendations for Men at Greatest Risk for Contracting Meningitis
The Health Department issued new recommendations for vaccinating against invasive meningococcal disease – commonly known as meningitis – after an increase in cases. Vaccinations are now advised for men, regardless of HIV status, who have had intimate contact with another man that he met through a website, digital application (“App”), or at a bar or party since September 1, 2012 AND live in the following neighborhoods: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, East New York, Prospect Heights and Williamsburg.
PRESS RELEASE # 036-12




Sandy


Friday, November 23, 2012
Health Department Warns of Health Risks of Living in Buildings and Homes Without Heat
As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues, some homes in the hardest hit areas remain without heat. As winter approaches, the Health Department warns New Yorkers that prolonged time in apartments or homes without heat can cause hypothermia and exacerbate heart disease and other medical problems, especially for infants, the elderly, people with chronic diseases, and people with mental illness or substance abuse problems. People
PRESS RELEASE # 035-12




Sandy


Tuesday, November 13, 2012
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CLEANING UP HOMES AFTER HURRICANE SANDY
As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues, the Health Department urges New Yorkers to protect themselves from health and injury risks during cleanup. While Sandy has not caused problems with outdoor air quality, indoor dust, mold, fumes from temporary heating sources and the use of strong cleaning products can be irritating to the eyes, throat, and lungs. Dust can also be produced by repair and debris removal. In addition, debris removal and repair work can lead to injuries of various types. To help you and your family stay safe, the Health Department recommends the following:
PRESS RELEASE # 034-12




Sandy


Friday, November 2, 2012
Health Department Issues Food Safety and Water Guidelines for New Yorkers as Power is Restored in Some Areas
The Health Department is announcing food safety and water guidelines to help New Yorkers stay healthy and safe as power is restored in neighborhoods across the City. Food that came into contact with flood waters is potentially contaminated and may cause serious illness or death and must be discarded. When frozen food thaws, and refrigerated food warms, bacteria and other pathogens grow that can also cause serious illnesses, and also needs to be discarded.
PRESS RELEASE # 033-12




Sandy


Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Recreational Water Advisory for Hudson River, East River, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and Kill Van Kull
Due to flooding and power related shutdowns caused by Hurricane Sandy, wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations have discharged untreated wastewater into New York City waterways. The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene advises that direct contact with the Hudson River, East River, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and the Kill Van Kull for recreational activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing or any other water activity that would entail possible direct contact with the water should be avoided until further notice.
PRESS RELEASE # 032-12




Health


Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Health Department Advises New Yorkers to Exercise Caution When Using Portable Generators to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The Health Department is urging New Yorkers to be careful when using portable generators in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common poison-related cause of hospitalization and death in the wake of hurricanes.
PRESS RELEASE # 031-12




Health


Thursday, October 4, 2012
Health Department Recommends Vaccination for Hiv-Positive Men at High Risk of Meningitis
The Health Department issued recommendations for vaccinating against invasive meningococcal disease – commonly known as meningitis – after a spike of cases reported over the past five weeks. The Department is advising vaccinations for any man who is HIV positive and has had intimate contact with another man that he met through a website, digital application (“App”), or at a bar or party since September 1, 2012. Vaccine will be available starting Friday at medical facilities throughout the city for men who meet these criteria but who cannot obtain it from their HIV care providers.
PRESS RELEASE # 030-12



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