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Hospital To Stop Delivering Babies After Employees Quit Rather Than Get COVID Vaccine

A hospital in northern New York will cease delivering infants later this month as a result of too many maternity employees resigned moderately than get a mandated COVID-19 vaccine.

Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald Cayer introduced at a information convention Friday that the maternity division would shut down Sept. 25 till sufficient new vaccinated staff could be employed to soundly reopen.

Seven of 30 staff who resigned from the hospital moderately than get a COVID vaccine labored within the maternity division, in line with Cayer. Twenty-one of them labored in scientific positions, together with nurses, therapists and technicians.

“We are unable to safely staff the service after Sept. 24. The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies at Lewis County General Hospital,” mentioned Cayer. “It is my hope that the Department of Health will work with us in pausing the service rather than closing the maternity department.”

Services in 5 different departments might also be curtailed if extra workers members resolve to depart moderately than be vaccinated for COVID-19.

“Essential health services are not at risk because of the mandate,” Cayer mentioned. “The mandate ensures we will have a healthy workforce and we are not responsible for [causing COVID-19] transmission in or out of our facilities.”

The deadline for all healthcare employees within the state to be vaccinated is Sept. 27. Some 165 of the roughly 650 hospital staff remained unvaccinated as of Friday, and have but to declare what they plan to do, mentioned Cayer.

Thirty previously unvaccinated healthcare employees on the hospital have now had at the least one shot.

The well being system beforehand had one of many lowest vaccination charges throughout the state however is now “better than average,” Cayer mentioned, with 464 members of the workers — 73% — at the least partially vaccinated.

Cayer mentioned when he’s requested requested if he helps obligatory vaccines for well being care employees, his answer is “unequivocally, yes.”

He added: “We as employees have an obligation not to put those that we care for or our coworkers at risk.”

Lewis County had the very best rate in your complete state of COVID-19 positivity over three days as of Friday, Cayer mentioned.

Cayer’s complete press convention could be seen up high.

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