Broome County hospitals may limit non-essential surgeries as staff shortages continue to strain system
The National Guard will be deployed to fill staffing shortages at Willow Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vestal.
The National Guard will be deployed to fill staffing shortages at Willow Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vestal.
Broome County continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases, with 138 new cases announced on Friday. The county currently has over 900 active cases, and a 7% positivity rate.
“Now every time we see it rain, or flood warning, we get scared and we flee our house.”
“It’s not because the volunteers aren’t trying, they’re doing the very best they can. But the number of volunteers are dwindling.”
County officials attributed the rise in cases to residents socializing over Halloween weekend.
“We want to help offer these necessary health screenings to members of the community so that we can begin to address these various health and social needs, because they’re not separate, they’re actually connected.”
The lower-dose Pfizer vaccine has arrived at health departments and pediatricians’ offices across the region.
The measure would allow students to take a rapid test every day for a week, rather than quarantine, after potential exposure to COVID.
“You could probably assume that we have the same type of vaccination rate that the rest of Broome county does. So about a third of our sixteen to seventeen hundred employees are probably not vaccinated.”
“They’ll have an argument with the parent right in front of you where the parent says no and the child says yes.”
“If you’re disabled, and you don’t get to speak for yourself, then you lose your voice.”
While plans for the new Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences facility pre-date the pandemic by several years, its opening comes at a time when many hospitals face nursing shortages.
“Your community, your neighbors, are working in those ERs around the clock, and they are tired, and they are getting really taxed.”
The IBEW’s now outspoken support of Greenidge indicates that opponents may face a broader front in their efforts to pass legislation implementing a moratorium on cryptocurrency mining.
“It’s important, again, that we use these funds to provide lifesaving drugs, and lifesaving treatment.”
“All eyes are on what happens with this particular facility.”
“People are tired, and we’ve seen a significant resurgence here. There’s a significant demand in our emergency rooms, in our COVID unit, in our ICU, and so, we need all hands on deck.”
COVID-19 is adding stress to Pennsylvania’s underfunded behavioral health care system.
With two units closed, the nursing home has reduced its capacity from 300 to 216 beds.
“More than 820,000 Americans are on the waitlist to receive care. Families may have to wait as long as five years, to get home care services that they need for their loved ones who are aging or disabled.”
“Our numbers had gotten so low that we did not need to continue the rapid testing site. But the numbers are going up.”
“A lot of our staff is out doing their regulatory jobs, that need to happen, and it leaves us less infrastructure for doing the case investigation.”
“I’d love to be able to [test] our whole school, but you’re talking, you know, 5000 tests a week. We do not have that capacity.”
“Our very important caregivers, our essential caregivers, you called them heroes a year ago, and now you’re expecting them to take cuts to their vital benefits.”
“Last year, when everything really started way way back, there was this myth that kids can’t get it, and kids can’t spread it. And that’s obviously been proven way false.”
“A lot of the older adult care facilities completely shut us out, just for safety purposes, and kind of not bringing outsiders into their communities.”
“Not fixing something that you know needs to be fixed now, because the money just doesn’t allow for it at this moment.”
“It’s going to be very, very difficult to provide the same level of healthcare if we are, all of a sudden, starting to see people walk off the job and leave the healthcare industry.”
“You have to be at a point where you have plans in place where you can adjust accordingly, and still maintain an education for our students.”
“The PCR testing is the gold standard, it is the most sensitive and accurate to run to determine the results. The antigen testing is a little bit less reliable.”
“I believe that the benefit, risk ratio is an order of magnitude better for IM3 than it was for SungEel.”
“I’m sure we stand to lose some staff, and we’d hate to see that happen.”
“People are gonna take a bed or a floor, kind of wherever they can get it. Usually it’s going to be in an unsafe environment.”
“At the current rate, things have the potential to get out of control. And the last thing anybody wants to see is another shutdown.”
“We’re talking about one to two new cases, daily, sometimes zero cases daily, to about 30 new cases per day.”
Tompkins and Chenango Counties had “substantial” levels of transmission.
Only some of the region’s private colleges have implemented vaccine requirements for both employees and students.
“The fires aren’t going to go away, and the jet stream isn’t going to change, so we could even see days like this in August, or in October.”
Testing has shown some homes in Elmira Heights to have indoor air concentrations as high as 37 micrograms per cubic meter, over seventeen times the EPA’s maximum for homes.
“Especially with that surge of the overdose numbers, it’s not going away, so why not just try it?”
“Our numbers in person dwindled down to zero because we weren’t even in the building. But the reach that we made tripled.”
“Our impression is that probably, you can find five percent, maybe even up to ten percent in areas, it definitely seems to be increasing.”
“It’s important that these companies pay up, it’s also important that the money go to where it was intended.”
Broome County’s declaration will expire at 3:30 p.m., after 457 days in effect.
The comments, drafted by the Tompkins County Office of Planning and Sustainability staff, ask the DEC to provide more specifics about implementation.
“In my view, the county taxpayers shouldn’t foot a bill for a crisis that we didn’t create.”
“It was a cycle that individuals were kind of in the hamster wheel on, and some of them are just getting back to comfortable being in the stores now.”
“Crisis is a very relative term, right,” she said. “What is a crisis to one person may not be a crisis to another.”
“We saw drugmakers raising already exorbitant prices on hundreds of drugs while families faced unprecedented health challenges and financial insecurity.”
Gillibrand, a member of Congress’s Special Committee on Aging, said making long-term care more accessible and affordable is among her top priorities.
Several other schools across New York are also requiring immunizations.
“Obviously people not coming for prevention or care doesn’t help the situation, but I wouldn’t say the pandemic is fully to blame for the increase.”
“It’s the communities and the connectedness that we have within those communities. It’s the jobs that we have access to. It’s the type of income we have.”
Binghamton is “still moving forward” with the audit.
“That’s a personal decision, but it’s my job as a teacher to provide you with the information so you can look up the specifics, or we can look them up together.”
The draft plan focuses on a broad array of areas that largely focus on limiting the amount of phosphorus running into the lakes
“I’m surprised they’re not sending vans to weigh stations or rest areas and putting up signs to say, ‘Truck drivers, stop here and get your one-shot vaccine. One-shot and go.’”
“You get the ten people, we’ll come with the vaccines.”
The governor was also asked about allegations of sexual misconduct and the state losing a congressional seat
“This early in the process of vaccine administration, to have difficulty filling appointments is concerning.”
“We don’t have the availability of doses like the state does that we can swap what we had today with a different type of vaccine.”
“Why house us with somebody we can constantly contract it [from] every time a new intake person comes in.”
The council plans to reconvene Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m. to resume consideration of agreement.
Wednesday’s meeting will be conducted over Zoom and will begin at 6 p.m..
“Why is it state-sentenced inmates are being punished by not getting the same treatment as every other state inmate all because we’re housed in county jails?”
“Freedom from torture is the most basic of human rights, and yet every year tens of thousands of New Yorkers are subjected to it in the form of solitary confinement.”
“It really, truly, is a Norman Rockwell experience.”
The company cited what it called a “divisive local political climate.”
“I feel much more comfortable about that scenario than I would around rushed budget negotiations that would be based off of the Governor’s position.”
The mass vaccination sites are an addition to those already in operation across New York, including in Johnson City.
“They feel very vulnerable because they are homebound and obviously have health issues and they feel like they would be at high risk.”
Jason Garnar said on Facebook he is feeling fine and does not have any symptoms
“We really hope that we’ll begin receiving additional allotments so that we can become a larger player in that group of vaccinators.”
“A month ago we were struggling to get people into appointments, but that’s not the case anymore.”
Gov. Cuomo announced 10 new sites across the state on Monday.
“They know the people in the church, and when you pick a location like that, it helps put more people at ease.”
“We’re just bringing the vaccinations to them in a very low-threshold manner.”
“It’s through those outreach calls and those tele-dental visits that we are finding a lot of kids that are having acute issues because they’ve gone without regular preventative care for so long.”
“We need to have Narcan in everybody’s hands.”
“We said at the beginning that we will put these shots into arms as quickly as we get the doses, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
“Not everyone’s going to have that primary care person to go to for any of their health care needs.”
Cases of the variant were reported in Tompkins County in January and earlier this month.
“If we can make it easy instead of more difficult, we might be able to address what’s happening with the overdose rate.”
“Transportation’s a huge problem for them to get here. The winter’s been harder.”
“We speak with our healthcare partners weekly and we all are seeing a decrease in demand for testing, which is a really good sign.”
“The sooner we get this investigation started, the sooner we can get justice and the sooner we can get information to make sure that this never happens again.”
“It got to the point that we realized we were going to have to cut back on the amount that we give to people and we really had to ration our supplies.”
According to Feeding America, 50 million people nationally may experience food insecurity because of COVID-19.
“We have already seen the terrible consequences of poor water quality on communities across New York and we can’t afford to repeat our mistakes.”
“The Rebuild Rural America Act would transform the federal government away from being a complicated, siloed and top-down enterprise or bureaucracy, into a more responsive, effective partner for our rural communities.”
“This is not any one person’s battle. This is such a huge undertaking and it really takes a community to encircle these survivors, to empower them.”
“We’re trying to do everything we can to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get a vaccination that is eligible, whether they have transportation or not.”
“It’s like fighting a battle and knowing that your weapon can help destroy the enemy, but you’re short on the weapons.”
It doesn’t take seeing someone in person to have a connection. Video and phone calls can be just as helpful.
A Kaiser Family Foundation report released last week found rural residents are among the most hesitant about vaccines.
“We were waiting for this for a long time and everything. It’s like a big sigh of relief for me.”
“We’re all ready to go, but we can only give out the vaccine that we actually have in our hands.”
“The challenge is being able to pivot when we need to pivot.”
During the week of Christmas, four staff members and 21 inmates at the Steuben County Jail tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The federal government is directing more than $1 billion worth of COVID relief funding passed earlier this year to offset losses incurred by ambulance providers. It’s welcome news in New York. “Emergency medical service providers across the U.S. have been struggling to stay afloat as the COVID-19 health crisis has raged on. Nowhere is that more true than here in New York, one of the hardest-hit states during the pandemic,” said Jeff Endler, a spokesperson for the United New York Ambulance Network. Lon Fricano, director of operations at TLC Emergency Medical Services that covers Auburn and Onondaga and Cortland counties, said every year in this business is tough, but COVID has doubled down on difficulties they face.
“Grief isn’t just related to death or the loss of a loved one. It can be loss of independence, loss of a connection, loss of a relationship.”
A flood watch is in effect across the region Thursday afternoon through Friday morning.
“It’s not a stimulus bill. It’s an emergency survival bill and we’re going to fight for more dollars later,.”
“Over 85 families are depending on this food for their Christmas dinners, so we are very concerned about being able to get the plowing done.”
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 154 COVID-19 deaths in the county.
“Similar to across the rest of the nation and the state, we are certainly experiencing the highest numbers and more crunch for capacity than we’ve been in anytime during this entire pandemic,” Lopatofsky said.
Garnar said that 30 percent of the ICU beds in the county were available and open as of Wednesday.
“Lighthouse said all along that we would comply with New York State guidelines, but the county insisted that we go well above and beyond those guidelines as a condition of reopening.”
“Most of the inmates are isolated from each other,” Harder added. “They’re not allowed out of their cells. They’re basically quarantined to keep the spread down.”
There are 580 active cases of the virus in Broome County and 29 hospitalized residents.
“So yeah, we hope by the time this ends we’ll still have some money in the bank and we‘ll still be viable.”
“We need to be ready, and this project is going to be an important tool that we have to address this crisis.”
“When you’re looking at vaccine trials, you’re looking for them to be better than 50 percent effective, so when we’re talking about in the nineties, that’s a highly effective vaccine,” Eder said.
The budget is about a 6 percent decrease from 2020.
The suspension of in-person classes and extracurricular activities begins Wednesday, Nov. 17 and will last through the end of the semester.
Thirty people tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day in Tompkins County. That is a significant increase.
“I think that’s something that we should all work to follow because that just makes good public health sense, but I think that’s one that would be very, very hard to enforce.”
According to the governor, yellow zones in rural areas must see a daily positivity rate below 4 percent before they can lift restrictions.
“Joe Biden has rightfully earned the title of being the projected president-elect and that should be recognized,” Rep. Reed said.
“We are entering a critical time with a recent uptick in cases of COVID-19.”
According to health officials, the person was a male in his 60s with underlying health conditions.
It is the college’s first COVID-19 case.
According to Boland, many more staff members have fallen ill in recent weeks than in the spring, when the first wave of COVID-19 hit.
“They feel like they’re sort of cut off from the outside world right now which is scary when you’re in a situation like that.”
The deaths occurred between Sept. 30 and Oct. 17.
“It leaves all of these holes in the implementation of the law where you might have disenfranchisement strictly based off of the ability for the county to interpret a law really loosely.”
“This is a public health crisis and you have cut them off from the outside world.”
The school originally moved online this month.
Democratic incumbent Anthony Brindisi, former Republican representative Claudia Tenney and Libertarian candidate Keith Price covered an array of issues, including policing and climate change.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deemed part of Chemung County an orange “warning” zone and part of Steuben County a yellow “buffer” zone.
So far, 55 students have been suspended or banned from campus because of COVID violations.
Oneonta’s mayor supports mask-wearing in public, but adds the vetoed ordinance wouldn’t make people any safer.
The district will need to test around 20 percent of those coming into the schools—including teachers, students and staff—each week.
“I don’t want to wait until after the election to do this, I think we need help now.”
The death occurred almost seven months to the day the county announced it was closing all schools to slow the spread of the virus.
Officials made the decision after a rise in cases of COVID-19 included 11 new cases in a 24-hour period.
The Ithaca City School District began in-person classes this week.
As of Wednesday, there were 540 active cases across the county, including 191 in Binghamton.
“In coordination with this new cluster initiative, I am going to continue to ask people to stay home for these 14 days as well,” Garnar said.
“You want to make sure cases still aren’t growing, even if they’re underneath the 100 threshold over a two week period.”
“There’s no clear issue arising from off-campus activity,” SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said. “It’s not as if there’s one big gathering or two big gatherings. But clearly the activity is coming from off-campus.”
According to Garnar, the rapid test machines employed at the site can produce results in 15 minutes.
54 new active cases were added to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard between Wednesday and Thursday, with 8 people currently hospitalized.
The majority of cases are not driven by college students, either. Garnar said just 21 of the 193 active cases are Binghamton University students.
“Certainly no fault that we’re placing on the facility at all,” Wheeler said. “It’s just more of a clearing up of those communication lines.”
County Manager Jack Wheeler and Steuben Public Health Director Darlene Smith announced an uptick in cases at the nursing home Tuesday afternoon.
“A disturbing number were locked up due to slowdowns and failures in the assigned counsel and the public defender system.”
“After doing months of homework, and consulting with industry experts, I am convinced that a more detailed environmental review is needed by the DEC, especially now that the project permit is on hold,” Lupardo said.
“When you provide a sample for a test, it is a snapshot in time. It’s a false situation to assume it protects you going forward.”
“Certainly, we are working very hard behind the scenes to make sure we can get people in contact with doctors if they need it and things like that, if they need it.”
Critics of the facility have called it an incinerator. Under regulatory definitions set by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), it’s not.
“We committed to do everything we could to mitigate this situation, and today, that means ending residential housing for this semester.”
Student gatherings are now restricted to no more than 10 people.
Hartwick College has reported only two positive student COVID-19 cases so far.
“We want the village trustees of Endicott to respect their residents, to listen to their concerns and to represent their best interest.”
Pressure on the health system multiplied when federal changes were made to the rules governing which tests insurance providers must cover.
“Any student that is ticketed will be…suspended immediately because this is serious. So we are moving very aggressively with those cases, with those parties on or off campus.”
“We’re saying here are some examples of where those resources are needed, and they’re needed now.”
Teachers have been given the choice of returning to in-person teaching or teaching virtually. Teaching aides have not been given the same option.
The study is scheduled to last two years, but a vaccine might be ready for the public sooner.
“Teachers are always paying for things out of the goodness of their hearts, and they’re not paid that much, but this one is so expensive we’ve got to get federal help.”
“Before this whole thing, I thought I would’ve thrown my life in front of kids to save them. Now it’s like asking us to go in and risk our lives.”
“It is really, really going to hurt this community if we don’t get some type of assistance.”
“If parents are going to have to go to work and the kids are at home, that’s just an absolute nightmare.”
“We have no idea what impact such a large influx of students during this time will have on the collective health of our community.”
One of the grant-funded projects at Binghamton University looks at how to best disinfect and reuse N-95 masks.
“And across the country we prioritize bars and restaurants over young people. How dare we do that.”
Protest organizers NoBurnBroome said they will continue to build support and fight the opening of the lithium-ion battery recycling facility.
“Now more than ever, school districts need more funding in order to make this work in this environment.”
“This isn’t a small or large winery thing. It’s adding an expense, and expenses are high.”
“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24th as originally scheduled.”
Windsor Superintendent Jason Andrews said part of the challenge school districts have faced in crafting their plans is due to the sometimes conflicting guidelines they have received from national health and education officials.
During their most recent online session, participants made art while talking about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Those expenses still continue whether or not there are people here.”
“Scheduling bathroom breaks for little kids seems kind of crazy, but it’s just something we have to do to keep them safe.”
“What we want to avoid is providing data in a manner that would cause people to jump to potentially false conclusions about the disease or about any individual in our community.”