UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System provided an update on operations Wednesday, after resuming elective surgeries and welcoming visitors back last week.
Officials say 987 surgeries have been conducted since non-essential procedures started again in May.
MVHS will also be hiring and rehiring staff, with five nurses called back to work after the layoffs at St. Elizabeth’s in April. There were also 60 staff members asked to return at St. Luke’s.
Hospitals have also raised some concerns about emergency department patients seeming more sick, because they are waiting longer to seek treatment.
"If you're sick and if you feel like you need to come to the emergency department, please don't delay, we know that there are conditions out there that if you were not treated in a rapid manner then it could actually cause significant problems for you down the road," said Dr. Kent Hall.
MVHS also released updated visitor guidelines last week after the state approved resuming visitation at hospital, as long as health guidelines are followed.