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Hospitals ordered to pause non-essential surgery due to COVID-related capacity issues

The state Department of Health announced Saturday that it was ordering 40 hospitals to pause all non-essential, non-emergency surgeries, due to COVID-related shortages of beds.


Spectrum News reports the hospitals have met state’s threshold for “high risk regions” or ​low capacity facilities. “We will use every available tool to help ensure that hospitals can manage the COVID-19 winter surge,” said Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “I want to remind New Yorkers that getting vaccinated and boosted remain the best way to protect against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. Vaccination also protects our hospital system. We cannot return to the early months of the pandemic when hospitals were overwhelmed.”

Hospitals affected include:

DiSanto Propane (Billboard)

Finger Lakes Region

  • F.F. Thompson Hospital
  • Geneva General Hospital
  • Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • The Unity Hospital of Rochester
  • United Memorial Medical Center North Street Campus
  • Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic
  • Highland Hospital
  • Medina Memorial Hospital
  • Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital
  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital of Yates County Inc
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Wyoming County Community Hospital

Central New York Region  

  • Crouse Hospital
  • Oneida Health Hospital
  • Oswego Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
  • University Hospital SUNY Health Science Center
  • UPSTATE University Hospital at Community General
  • Auburn Community Hospital
  • Community Memorial Hospital Inc
  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center


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