Created: September 30, 2021 03:22 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Monroe County leaders urged "patients to be patient" as hospitals and physcians deal with increased caseloads and staffing issues.
Leaders from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health both highlighted staff vaccination rates in the high 90 percentiles. Monroe Community Hospital has had similar success. However, the combination of an increase in COVID cases and other illnesses, along with staff on leave, is resulting in significant wait times in the emergency room and for non-urgent care.
Hospitals are also backed up as many nursing homes are not accepting new patients due to their own staffing shortages. That means patients who would normally be sent for rehab, are stranded in hospitals.
During the weekly COVID-19 briefing, Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza also said the increase in COVID cases among children and outbreaks of RSV are backing up pediatrician offices.
In other announcements today, the county said that booster shots for people 65 and older are now available by appointment at the county's Fleet Center and the MCC downtown campus. Additional sites will be opened in the coming weeks.
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