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Two more monkeypox cases confirmed in Suffolk, as health officials launch education campaign and county plans pop-up vaccine clinics

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Two additional confirmed cases of monkeypox have been identified in Suffolk County, according to the New York State Department of Health, bringing the total number of cases in Suffolk to three.

County health department finds PFAS above drinking water standard in more Calverton wells

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The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is conducting private water well surveys in neighborhoods immediately south of Peconic Lake in Calverton after detecting harmful chemicals above state drinking water standards in 21 properties in the area.

First monkeypox case confirmed in Suffolk

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The first confirmed case of monkeypox has been identified in a Suffolk County resident, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services announced today. It is one of 96 confirmed monkeypox cases in New York and about 400 in the U.S. so far.

State heath department recommends second COVID booster for 5-to-11-year olds

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The State Department of Health today announced its recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 should receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster five months after completing their initial two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series.

PBMC’s emergency department expansion gets $5 million boost

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The new expansion is set to increase critical care capacity by more than 75% and implement a dual-bay trauma unit, additional cardiac response services, and a dedicated pediatric treatment area, incorporate advanced radiology capabilities and enhance patient privacy, according to PBMC. The hospital hopes to open its doors in the first quarter of 2024.

Surge in virus cases puts most of NY, including Suffolk, at high risk for infection

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Forty-five New York counties, including Suffolk and Nassau, have high community levels of COVID-19, triggering recommendations for masking in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status.

PBMC acquires its second da Vinci robotic system, opens seventh operating room

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Peconic Bay Medical Center has added a seventh operating room and purchased a new da Vinci XI robotic surgical system to help expand minimally invasive surgical procedures.

FDA authorizes and CDC recommends second Pfizer or Moderna booster for people 50 and older

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Federal regulators yesterday authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people age 50 and over.

State health department ‘misled the public’ on nursing home deaths

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The State Health Department conformed its presentation of data and information to Cuomo's 'narrative,' concealing deaths of 4,100 nursing home residents as governor came under increased scrutiny, a State Comptroller's audit finds.

NYU Langone Health-L.I. Community Hospital affiliation is official

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The affiliation between Long Island Community Hospital and NYU Langone Health is now official, the two hospitals announced today.
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