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Local hospitals relieved that elective surgeries coming back this month

When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that elective surgeries could resume at hospitals in parts of New York – officials were relieved.

While they won’t start until the end of the month, it’s a sign of things returning to normal for facilities in Upstate that are desperate for revenue.

They are facing two major concerns:

First, the continued loss of revenue connected to these elective surgeries.

Second, the loss of state aid, as New York stares down a massive budget shortfall.

Cuomo said hospitals would be among the first to take a hit if funding isn’t secured from the federal government.

The loss of revenue recently became topic for debate after local hospitals didn’t see the surge of COVID-19 cases that downstate facilities saw.

Cuomo said that a small number of beds would remain available at hospitals around the state for treating COVID-19 patients.