According to KIRO 7 local news, Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, NY will temporarily stop delivering babies after Sept. 24. CEO Gerald Cayer said at a press conference seven of the 30 hospital workers who resigned over the COVID vaccine mandate were from the hospital’s maternity ward.
Seven more maternity unit staffers were “undecided” about the shot, Cayer said.
The workers objected to a Sept. 27 deadline to receive the first dose of the COVID shot.
Cayer told media if the hospital can pause the service and focus on recruiting nurses who are vaccinated they will begin to deliver babies again in Lewis County.
In total, 27 percent of the hospital’s workforce is yet to be vaccinated.
“Our hope is as we get closer (to the deadline), the numbers will increase of individuals who are vaccinated, fewer individuals will leave and maybe, with a little luck, some of those who have resigned will reconsider,” Cayer said. “We are not alone. There are thousands of positions that are open north of the Thruway and now we have a challenge to work through, you know, with the vaccination mandate.”