Yesterday’s Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday, a young patient showing flu-like symptoms was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center in an over abundance of caution by the patient’s parents. Following hours of observation, as a precautionary measure, the patient was tested for Ebola and as of early this morning, preliminary test results from the Florida Department of Health’s Regional Laboratory have come back negative for the Ebola virus. The specimen is currently being sent to the Center for Disease Control for a confirmatory test as established by protocol.

I wish to commend our Emergency Management Department, Fire Department, and Police Department for their incredibly coordinated response and mobilization efforts in dealing with this situation. All three departments were instrumental in ensuring the safety and security of our residents and visitors. The City of Miami Beach does not take matters of public safety lightly, and even though the patient’s results came back negative, we were prepared to deal with a much more complicated scenario.

Moreover, I would like to thank Mount Sinai and Jackson Memorial Hospital for their flawless execution of the patient’s transfer from one facility to the other.

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Philip Levine