5 Area Hospitals Report Lower Capacity Rates Amid Omicron Threat In New York City – .

5 Area Hospitals Report Lower Capacity Rates Amid Omicron Threat In New York City – .

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – As concerns grow over the emergence of the omicron variant in New York City, five area hospitals are reporting lower capacity rates and the New York Blood Center has announced a blood emergency. five hospitals in New York and Long Island have less than 10% remaining capacity and may have elective surgeries canceled as early as Friday.
This includes two in New York – Long Island Jewish Forest Hills and Queens Hospital Center, both of which are in Queens, and the other three are on Long Island – Long Island Community Hospital and South Shore University Hospital. in Suffolk and North Shore University Hospital in Nassau.

All five hospitals are on a state list that currently shows 37 state hospitals at 10% or less capacity.

Under an executive order signed by Governor Kathy Hochul last week, any hospital with a capacity of 10% or less by Friday will have to close most elective surgeries until January 15, 2022.

The list is fluid and Hochul said she hopes hospitals will increase bed capacity and be removed from the list.

Despite the two New York hospitals within 10% capacity limits, “we do not anticipate that any hospital will have to cancel elective procedures, but we are monitoring very carefully,” said Health Commissioner Dr David Chokshi .

Three of the five hospitals are Northwell Health facilities.

Dr John D’Angelo, senior vice president and executive director of emergency medicine services at Northwell Health, insists he will manage the capacity. As the state’s largest healthcare provider, it has resources to distribute to hospitals that need help.

“In this second wave, we handled much higher numbers and didn’t have to cancel any services,” De’Angelo said. “So all the people who rely on us in the community, we have been able to keep these services at a much higher capacity than today. NYC Health + Hospitals issued the following statement about the Queens Hospital Center:

“NYC Health + Hospitals / Queens is open for business and ready to meet the health needs of the community. We encourage members of the public to come to our hospital for any pre-scheduled appointment, treatment, screening, elective surgery or medical emergency. NYC Health + Hospitals operates as a large healthcare system, not as a hospital or individual facility. Our 11 hospitals work together to ensure that patients receive the quality care they expect from the country’s largest public health system. With our unique electronic medical record system, we are able to monitor capacity throughout the system and adjust as needed. If we need it, we can offload patients to our skilled nursing facilities and ‘load level’ in all hospitals. In previous waves of COVID, we have transferred over 2,500 patients to our facilities. Our main message is that we want people to seek the care they need, regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status! “

Limited capacity was defined as a remaining capacity of 10% of beds staffed or as determined by the state health ministry based on regional factors or health care utilization.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the New York Blood Center announced a blood emergency due in large part to fears about the omicron variant and the holiday season.

Currently, the region’s blood supply is at a 1-2 day level, well below the ideal 5-7 day inventory. Blood centers across the country have been suffering and suffering from shortages since the 19 months of the pandemic.

“In a normal year, winter is a difficult time to maintain the blood supply. Unpredictable weather, cold and flu season, school vacations, family trips and vacations all help make blood donation a lower priority. Normally October and November is a time when we build our inventory in anticipation of these challenges, but this year is particularly dire without a solid inventory before the holidays and the announcement of a new variant, ”said Andrea Cefarelli, Executive Director principal of the New York Blood Center.

Transplant nurse Katie Ip said her hospital and patients who depend on blood could have big problems.

“My biggest concern would be the days when mothers give birth, there is trauma, there are major casualties and major transplants and surgeries, that we could not have lifesaving measures because we are weak,” he said. declared Ip.

The United States on Wednesday recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant – a person in California who had visited South Africa – as scientists around the world rushed to determine if the new mutant version of the coronavirus is more dangerous than the previous ones.


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