Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, N.Y. has announced it is planning to stop delivering babies temporarily later this month after multiple employees quit their jobs over a Covid-19 vaccination mandate.
The mandate required all healthcare workers in the state of New York to be vaccinated by Sept. 27.
The state Department of Health (DOH) will issue a Section 16 order enforcing the mandate with limited exceptions for religious and medical reasons.
Maternity staff members totaling six out of 18 have already resigned from Lewis County General Hospital last week, worsening an existing staff shortage.
Hospital officials shared that seven other unvaccinated employees might also decide to leave.
“The math is just not working. The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies,” said Gerald Cayer, chief executive officer of Lewis County Health System.
Cayer expressed optimism that this would just be a temporary situation and would not lead the maternity unit to close entirely.
The maternity-services “pause” will begin on September 25.
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