JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County’s Executive is addressing concerns around a local hospital reaching capacity overnight and the local effort to vaccinate elderly residents against COVID-19 in the county.
Executive PJ Wendel, speaking with WNY News Now‘s Justin Gould on our daily “News Now @Noon” show, says that Brooks-TLC Hospital in Dunkirk reaching capacity was not COVID-19 specific, but rather, the medical provider had just simply reached their threshold.
All non-life-threatening calls were to be diverted to nearby hospitals, and as of this morning, Wendel says all of the hospital capacities are back to normal capacities.
“It is a matter of keeping the system working so everyone knows that there isn’t any stress,” he said.
With regards to the COVID-19 vaccine becoming available to residents ages 65 and older, Wendel says that yesterday 300 doses went online, and within 20 minutes, those doses were filled.
“Our motto is shots and arms,” Wendel said, explaining that as soon as the county receives vaccines, they will get them into the arms of the residents.
As of now, Wendel says the best thing to do is log into the state’s website and sign up to be on the waiting list.