In the nine-county Finger Lakes region, the number of hospitalizations for patients with Covid-19 was at its highest level since mid-February. But in New York City — a much larger area with significantly higher vaccination rates — hospitalizations have fallen to levels comparable to their late July low.
Health department data shows that the occupancy rate of the region’s acute care beds and intensive care beds continues to rise.
For example, as of November 11, 2,266 of the 2,482 staffed acute care beds in western New York were occupied, bringing the occupancy rate to 91.3%. On Monday, 2,275 of 2,537 beds were occupied, or 89.7%.
The number of beds in the region is also not back to the level it was before the Mercy strike. For example, on September 23, 2,320 of the region’s 2,861 beds were occupied.
The occupancy rate of IC beds is only slightly lower.
The occupancy rate reached 89.4% on November 9, with 277 of the 310 ICU beds occupied. As of Monday, with 400 staffed ICU beds in the region, 347 of those, or 86.8%, were occupied.
As of September 23, the region had 507 ICU beds – 361, or 71%, occupied.
While Western New York currently struggles with fewer staffed beds than usual amid the aftermath of the Mercy Hospital strike, Covid-19 still plays a big part in the tension.