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DÜNKIRK – A personnel crisis due to a government mandate to vaccinate healthcare workers has caused the Brooks TLC hospital system to temporarily reduce labor and delivery services starting Monday.
In a Friday afternoon press release, the hospital announced that the emergency plan was being developed in consultation with the New York State Department of Health and in consultation with Brooks-TLC’s providers and regional partners who support its obstetric and gynecological services.
The emergency plan provides:
¯ The remaining obstetrical staff to supplement the rescue service for emergency situations.
¯ Obstetricians and paediatricians on call will continue to be available for advice and support for every OB patient.
¯ Mothers and newborns will be transferred to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital or an institution of their choice for postpartum recovery.
¯ Patients approaching full delivery should consult with their doctor to update their birthing plan and transfer it to another facility.
“We want to assure our patients that if they arrive at Brooks-TLC with active labor and an impending delivery, they will deliver them here with their obstetrician.” said Mary LaRowe, President and CEO of Brooks-TLC. “We believe this plan will best serve our obstetric patients who are nearing their due date. It continues our mission to provide high quality, compassionate healthcare and allows them vital lead time to have important conversations with their providers. “
Brooks-TLC is one of two county hospitals that treat childbirth. The other is UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown. There, the employees stated that the maternity department was also confronted with a staff shortage enforced by the mandate.
The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is the regional center for comprehensive and cutting-edge pediatric trauma, surgical and medical care, including neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical care. Oishei Children’s specializes in making childbirth a special experience for all women. The caring team of health care providers combines a state-of-the-art facility with family-centered care.
62 NEW CASES
The Chautauqua County Health Department recorded 62 new cases of COVID-19, as well as one new virus-related death, in information released Friday.
To date, there have been 12,080 confirmed cases of the virus in the county, as well as 11,448 total recoveries and 184 deaths. There are currently 448 active cases, 37 people hospitalized with the virus and 1,242 in quarantine.
Regarding the vaccine, 64.1% of the county’s population over 12 years of age have received at least one dose, while 58.3% have completed their streak.
The health department announced that it would start next week “Transition to weekly reporting of COVID-19 cases.”