New York hospital to stop delivering babies after 30 staffers quit over COIVD-19 vaccine mandate

A hospital in upstate New York will stop delivering babies later this month after 30 staffers quit in protest of the facility’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
The Lewis County Health System CEO says the resignations mean the hospital can't safely staff the maternity department, beginning Sept. 25.
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The 30 staffers quit two weeks after the hospital pulled the employees option for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions are still permitted.
All employees remain mandated to receive the vaccine by Sept. 27.
The COVID-19 positivity rate in Lewis County as of Sept. 14 was 10.99%, according to the CDC.