Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Covid-19: 'We’re doing everything we can,' WNY hospitals say amid surge, capacity crunch

Covid-19: 'We’re doing everything we can,' WNY hospitals say amid surge, capacity crunch

  • Updated
  • 0
Support this work for $1 a month

Nov. 25, 2021

'We’re doing everything we can,' WNY hospitals say amid Covid surge, capacity crunch

Western New York's hospitals continue to be near or at capacity, treating more patients hospitalized with Covid-19 and wary of how many more cases could crop up following the Thanksgiving weekend. 

If things get much worse, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz warned Wednesday, the county may have to order all elective surgeries canceled or postponed at the area's hospitals. Such a directive could deal another financial blow to the region's hospitals, still trying to recover from the havoc the pandemic has wrought so far while also grappling with a staffing crunch that is forcing them to dole out huge amounts for traveling nurses.

"We cannot let our hospitals get overrun," Poloncarz said Wednesday. "It's as simple as that."

Erie County recorded 878 new cases Tuesday, the highest one-day total since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. The county followed that up with 799 new cases Wednesday. 



The latest statistics: Covid-19 statistics from state and county departments of health, as well as new data from the New York Times' national Covid-19 tracking project. Read more

Another Voice: Employers should prepare to follow vaccine mandate: It’s uncertain whether the president’s mandate will survive the courts. But, hesitant private-sector workers should be aware that the governor could issue one too, and the result of her order would not be uncertain at all. Read more

Have thoughts on this newsletter? Email

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News