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No major hospital capacity issues in Auburn, but Syracuse beds are now 92% full

Despite concerns at the state level about hospital capacity and staffing – one local facility says it’s doing good for now.

Earlier this week Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency, and by doing so, put a pause on elective surgeries through January 15.

That pause was only going to effect around 37 hospitals in the state.


Matthew Chadderdon, Vice President of marketing, public affairs, and fund development at Auburn Community Hospital tells The Citizen that they are working hourly to make sure they are staffed and ready to go for whoever might walk through the doors.

“We hope our region sees more vaccinations and less COVID-19, and we will continue to advocate this,” Chadderdon told The Citizen. “We have a COVID-19 task force that has been in place since the pandemic began that meets daily to manage what’s going on with COVID-19 and the other variants.”

Meanwhile, the situation is much worse at Syracuse-area hospitals. There are just 73 staffed acute care beds left across the city’s four major hospitals. 900 of the 973 staffed beds city-wide are full, representing approximately 92% of all available beds.



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