For Medicare beneficiaries seeking to change their options for 2018, the clock is ticking. Now is the time to make changes to Part C and/or Part D that better fits your health needs. But the opportunity to make any revisions will end on December 7, 2017, with one exception. If you are a survivor of the recent hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria), there is a special enrollment period just for you through the end of the year. If you have other questions about Medicare, visit USA.gov.
Notification issued 8/11/17 at 5:45 PM. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will conduct an emergency response exercise in the Lincoln Tunnel from 11:30 PM Friday (8/11) through 7:00 AM Saturday (8/12). The drill will not impact traffic, but there will be an increased presence of emergency personnel in the surrounding area during and after the exercise.
During a heat wave, health care providers should:
Be aware of the increased risk of heat-related illness among: older adults, people with chronic physical health conditions; serious psychiatric, cognitive or developmental disorders that impair judgement or self-care; and those taking medications that can impair thermoregulation. • Instruct at-risk patients to use home air conditioners or go to air-conditioned places during hot weather, and stay well-hydrated. • Consider reaching out to your most vulnerable patients and encourage social contacts and caregivers to help them stay cool and well-hydrated. Report deaths where heat exposure was the direct cause or a contributing factor to the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 212-447-2030 immediately.
The National Weather Service has forecast very hot weather and has issued a heat advisory starting on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and continuing through Friday, July 21, 2017. The current forecast calls for high temperatures and humidity producing heat indices in 95-97 range. These weather conditions can cause heat stroke and exacerbate chronic medical conditions, and may lead to severe complications and death. Heat waves such as this one that last for several days can be more dangerous to health. Air conditioning is the most effective protection for at-risk patients during extreme heat.
Risk Factors for Heat Stroke Death
Certain individuals are at increased risk for heat-related illness and death (see checklist). In addition, most hyperthermia victims are overcome by heat in their own homes and do not have or use air conditioners; fans do not provide sufficient cooling during extremely hot weather. Fans should only be used when the air conditioning is on or windows are open, and at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
Prevent Heat-related Illness and Death
- Advise at-risk patients to use their air conditioners or go to air conditioned places and limit outdoor activity especially during the hottest part of the day. Cooling centers will be open to New Yorkers on days that the heat advisory is in effect. To find a cooling center in New York City during a heat wave, call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/oem. • Suggest setting air conditioners to 78°F to provide comfort while keeping electricity bills lower and conserving energy. • Advise at-risk patients to increase fluid intake during hot weather. • Recommend self-monitoring, such as bodyweight measurement, to monitor hydration for patients with health conditions sensitive to fluid balance or among those using medications that can impair thermoregulation or cause dehydration. • Engage caregivers, family members and support networks to check frequently on at-risk patients, especially those who cannot care for themselves, to assist them in staying cool and well hydrated before and during hot weather. • Be alert to the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness or exacerbation of chronic medical conditions. For more information on heat illness, visit www.nyc.gov/health/heat. • Immediately report deaths where heat exposure is suspected as the direct cause or a contributing factor to the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at 212-447-2030.
At the discretion of NYPD, the streets below may be closed on Saturday and Sunday between 12:01am to 11:59pm for the Formula-E NYC E-Prix as permitted by the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
- Van Brunt Street between Summit Street and Water/Dead End
- Imlay Street between Summit Street and Pioneer Street
- Summit Street between Van Brunt Street and Imlay Street
- Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Water/Dead End
- Ferris Street between Clinton Wharf and Van Dyke Street
- Commercial Wharf between Bowne Street and Clinton Wharf
- Reed Street between Van Brunt Street and Conover Street
- Beard Street between Otsego Street and Conover Street
- Van Dyke Street between Otsego Street and Water/Dead End
- Barnell Street between Van Dyke Street and Water/Dead End
- Coffey Street between Otsego Street and Water/Dead End
- Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- King Street between Van Brunt Street and Ferris Street
- Pioneer Street between Van Brunt Street and Conover Street
- Verona Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Commerce Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Bowne Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Richards Street between Coffey Street and Water/Dead End
- Dwight Street between Coffey Street and Beard Street
- Bay Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Sigourney Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Halleck Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Otsego Street between Bay Street and Halleck Street
- Columbia Street between Bay Street and Lorraine Street
- Atlantic Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Court Street
- Court Street between Atlantic Avenue and Bay Street
- Smith Street between Bay Street and Union Street
- Union Street between Smith Street and 5th Avenue
- 5th Avenue between Union Street and Flatbush Avenue
- Flatbush Avenue between 5th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
- 2nd Place between Smith Street and Court Street
- Hicks Street between Bay Street and Lorraine Street
- Lorraine Street between Hicks Street and Otsego Street
Detailed information on weekend street closures will be available on the DOT web site at on.nyc.gov/wkndtraf.