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Ebola Case in NYC Brings Demand for Quarantines

by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione, Mike Stobbe
Ebola Ward

Ebola ward in Nigeria, CDC/flickr

The case of the U.S. doctor stricken with Ebola left lawmakers on Capitol Hill, scientists and ordinary New Yorkers wondering why he was out on the town after his return from West Africa - and why stronger steps aren't being taken to quarantine medical workers.

A Settlement to Defend the Poor

by Associated Press, Michael Virtanen
Westchester County Courthouse

Westchester County Courthouse, Library of Congress/wikimedia

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Cuomo administration announced an agreement Tuesday to improve criminal defense for the state's poor and settle a lawsuit the NYCLU filed seven years ago.

In NYC Ebola Plan, a Campaign to Tamper Down Panic

by Associated Press
NYC skyline.

Chris Isherwood, Flickr 

Deserted subways and buses. Kids being kept home from school. Harassment of West African immigrants.

   These are some of the scenarios New York City officials are trying to anticipate as they seek to tamp down the hysteria as well as the virus in the event Ebola hits the nation's most populous, densely packed metropolis.

Forty More NYC Subway Stations Get Wi-Fi

by Associated Press
Subway Station.

Bill Gracey, Flickr 

Forty more subway stations in Manhattan and Queens are getting cellphone and Wi-Fi service.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the service extension Thursday.

It will add service at 29 more subway stations in Queens and 11 in Manhattan.

Wi-Fi and cellphone service are already available at dozens of stations, mainly in Manhattan. Service is scheduled to be available in all underground stations by 2017.

The program is being paid for by technology company Transit Wireless.

Hospitals Prepare for Ebola Scare

by Blaine Kaniewski

Blaine Kaniewski WFUV News

There are now four isolation rooms in Bellevue Hospital reserved specifically for Ebola patients. They're quarantined rooms with one hospital bed and a variety of medical equipment. Hospital staff wear two different suits to provide maximum protection from contracting the virus. Bellevue is the first New York hospital to create an Ebola ward. Ross Wilson is the chief medical officer for the Heath and Hospital Corporation. 

"They are as prepared as they possibly can be to manage and assess patients who present as potential cases of Ebola," he said.

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