Long Island ER to reopen after resolving staffing shortages

Long Island
Emergency room

Emergency room entrance at night with ambulance

LONG BEACH, N.Y. — A Long Island emergency room will reopen Friday after resolving staffing shortages related to the state’s COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers.

Mount Sinai South Nassau closed the Long Beach Emergency Department this week amid a state mandate requiring the suspension of unvaccinated staffers working under temporary religious exemptions.

The hospital said the closure could last up to four weeks, but Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that state health officials worked to alleviate the staffing shortage.

A hospital spokesperson had said the decision to temporarily close the emergency room was made after “all other options were exhausted.”

President Adhi Sharma previously said the closure was made with the safety of patients in mind.

“This closure should not be interpreted as anything beyond what it is – a temporary measure designed to relieve current staffing challenges in our Emergency Department,” Sharma said. “Our nurses, physicians and support staff have been on the frontlines of the pandemic for more than 21 months. We will continue to be there for our patients.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Long Island Videos

Rep. Suozzi announces run for governor

L.I. elementary school gives back for Thanksgiving

LI community comes together to feed homeless before Thanksgiving

‘He told me I was special’: Babylon HS alumni make sex abuse allegations against coaches, teachers

Paws of War helps veterans get training for their dogs

More Long Island

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Follow us on Facebook

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter