All hospitals in the Mohawk Valley must stop elective surgeries for at least two weeks due to the spike in COVID-19 cases and increasing local hospitalizations.
Hospitals with more than 95% occupancy must also stop elective procedures at hospital-owned ambulatory surgical centers for at least two weeks.
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed an executive order in November requiring hospitals located in high-risk areas or with low capacity to stop non-essential surgeries in order to ensure hospitals could meet any potential need in the region.
The suspension now applies to the following local hospitals:
- Faxton-St Luke's Healthcare St Luke's Division, Utica
- St Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica
- Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown
- St. Mary's Healthcare, Amsterdam
- A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta
- Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Cobleskill
- Little Falls Hospital, Little Falls
- Nathan Littauer Hospital, Johnstown
- Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., Rome
- St. Mary's Healthcare - Amsterdam Memorial Campus
Rome Health and Community Memorial Hospital are new to the list, but several others suspended elective surgeries last month.
All of the Central New York hospitals have also been impacted, including Crouse, Oneida Health, St. Joseph’s and Upstate University Hospital.
The state health department reviews hospital data from the Health Electronic Response Data System (HERDS) each week to determine which facilities meet the criteria to suspend elective surgeries.
Under Hochul’s executive order, the following procedures can continue at the impacted hospitals: cancer treatment, neurosurgery, intractable pain, highly symptomatic patients, transplants, trauma, cardiac with symptoms, limb-threatening vascular procedures, dialysis vascular access, and patients that are at a clinically high risk of harm if their procedures are not completed.