MTA partners with Northwell Health to get front line workers quick access to tests, care

The MTA has announced a new partnership with Northwell Health to get front line workers access to testing and care.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2020, 10:32 AM

Updated 1,503 days ago

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The MTA has announced a new partnership with Northwell Health to get front line workers access to testing and care.
Last week the MTA deployed a temperature brigade, sending out medically trained personnel to check temperatures of MTA employees at 22 locations with more than 2,000 employees being tested a day.
Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher was sent home. The MTA says the fever rate they were finding was extremely low, stating only one out of every 1,000 employees who were checked had a fever.
The MTA’s latest partnership with Northwell Health allows front line employees who are symptomatic to go to any one of 50 urgent care centers across New York City, Long Island and Westchester and get priority access to an evaluation, care and testing
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This comes on the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo issuing an executive order that all New Yorkers must wear masks or face coverings in public, especially when they can't social distance on mass transit.
MTA chairman Pat Foye says they've distributed about 2.8 million pairs of gloves and about 750,000 masks to employees since March 1.
He says they've also added about 100 buses, mostly in the Bronx but some in Brooklyn, to deal with overcrowding issues to try and alleviate social distancing obstacles.


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