Lewis County Normal Hospital in New York has stated it’s going to briefly shut its maternity ward after a number of nurses resigned within the weeks after the Covid-19 vaccine mandate was launched.
The hospital will cease delivering infants beginning September 25, two days earlier than the deadline for all New York state healthcare employees to get a primary vaccine dose, Lewis County Well being System CEO Gerald Cayer instructed a press convention final week.
“We’re unable to securely employees the service after September 24. The variety of resignations acquired leaves us no alternative however to pause delivering infants at Lewis County Normal Hospital,” he stated.
The New York vaccination mandate for hospitals and long-term care amenities was introduced by then-governor Andrew Cuomo in mid-August. Beneath the mandate, all well being care employees should obtain a minimum of one dose of the vaccine till September 27. It later eliminated non secular exemptions, leaving medical exemptions solely.
A complete of 30 staffers on the hospital, together with 21 who labored in medical areas, give up after the mandate was introduced, Cayer stated. The maternity ward was additionally impacted by the exodus and noticed six nurses leaving. An extra seven workers tending to the maternity division and the new child nursery are nonetheless “undecided” about in the event that they keep, the CEO famous.
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Total, the hospital boasts a vaccination price of 73%, with 464 staffers having been vaccinated to date. After Cuomo’s vaccination coverage was introduced, 30 extra workers opted to get the jab. Three workers supplied medical exemptions, and 12 others are at present in search of one.
Nonetheless, a big portion of the hospital’s employees, or 165 individuals, haven’t been but vaccinated, Cayer reported. He added that it was “not clear when they may do [it].” The dearth of compliance with the brand new mandate could spell bother for different hospital providers, Cayer admitted.
Along with the maternity ward, “a number of different medical departments are in danger [of shutting down] based mostly on the variety of unvaccinated,” he stated, with out offering additional particulars.
Cayer stated that he intends to reopen the maternity ward by enlisting assist from the state Division of Well being, and by recruiting vaccinated nurses to interchange those that left. He even expressed hope that a few of the employees who walked off, apparently incensed over the compulsory vaccinations, would change their minds and are available again.
“With a little bit luck a few of those that have resigned will rethink,” Cayer stated.
Lewis County has been designated as an space of very excessive Covid-19 transmission below the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) pointers. Hospitalizations have jumped about 35% within the final two weeks, nevertheless, no deaths have been reported. About 54% of the county’s complete inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated.
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