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"Air Quality Alert" ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone . The air quality index, or aqi, was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated, the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. For additional information, please visit the New York state department of environmental conservation website at, https://on.NY.Gov/nyaqi, or call the air quality hotline at 800-535-1345. 335 PM EDT Wed Aug 15 2018 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone . The air quality index, or aqi, was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated, the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. For additional information, please visit the New York state department of environmental conservation website at, https://on.NY.Gov/nyaqi, or call the air quality hotline at 800-535-1345. -- Wednesday Aug.15 18,06:34 PM

Legislator Hahn: Lack of Flu Data Nothing to Sneeze At

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Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn seeks to expand influenza deaths data collection by County to include both children and adults for a fuller understanding of the deadly virus’ threat and impact locally.

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Hauppauge, NY - February 8, 2018 - In what is being described by health officials as the most severe flu season in more than a decade, Suffolk will consider expanding its data collection of influenza related deaths to include adults. Currently, the County’s Department of Health Services only tracks flu associated deaths for children aged 18 and younger.  Under the bill sponsored by Majority Leader Kara Hahn, the County will for the first time collect data on all deaths resulting from the influenza virus or its subsequent complications. Additionally, if approved, the statistics collected will be reported monthly during the flu season, and will become the basis of an annual report on that year’s flu season due to the Legislature each May.
 
“Our understanding of annual influenza outbreaks is limited by the limited data being collected by national, state and local health officials,” said Legislator Hahn. “When the statistics used to monitor this epidemic excludes nearly 79 percent of Suffolk County’s population it is difficult to get a clear picture of its impact on public health.  I know having complete information will aid County officials who need to make reasonable predictions based upon available datasets.”     
 
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relies upon estimated seasonal influenza-associated deaths “in people for whom seasonal influenza infection was likely a contributor to the cause of death, but not necessarily the primary cause of death.”  However, the CDC readily admits that it “does not know exactly how many people die from seasonal flu each year.”  Legislator Hahn believes that if her proposal is successful, County health officials will have concreate localized numbers to analyze, which will help foster an informed understanding of the virus and its impact on Suffolk residents.
 
“Influenza is a serious public health threat, and should not be taken lightly,” said Legislator William Spencer. “As a physician, I remain open to all resources to assess and manage the severity of the flu outbreak. I believe that being proactive is imperative for protecting the health of the public for all future flu seasons.”
 
Introduction Resolution 1136-2018, the bill directing the Department of Health Services to collect and report additional influenza data, will be up for consideration at the Legislature’s Health committee on Thursday, March 1st and may be considered by the full Legislature during its March 6, 2018 meeting in Riverhead.