LOWVILLE, N.Y. - Officials at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville have announced they will stop delivering babies temporarily at the end of the month due to a staffing shortage.
Officials say it's due to employee resignations over their requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
WWNY in Watertown is reporting six employees in the maternity unit resigned this past week rather than get a COVID shot and another seven are undecided, worsening an existing staff shortage.
According to hospital officials the hospital will be unable to safely staff the unit and will pause delivering babies after September 24.
Hospital officials are hoping this is a temporary situation and say they will work with the state Department of Health to make sure the unit doesn't permanently close.
The Watertown Daily Times reports that services also may have to be curtailed in five other departments if staff members resign rather than be vaccinated by the state's Sept. 27 deadline for health care workers
About 165 unvaccinated employees have yet to declare their intention to stay or go. The county-owned health system employs about 650 people.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.