GLOVERSVILLE — Nathan Littauer Hospital was forced to divert incoming patients for at least 18 hours due to reaching full capacity on Friday.
The Fulton County Emergency Management Facebook page posted around 6 p.m. on Friday that all 911 patients were being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.
“Additionally, because of the volume of patients being taken to St. Mary’s, it’s taking in excess of an hour to unload patients [there],” part of the post stated.
Patients arriving by ambulance were being accepted again as of noon on Saturday, according to a statement from Cheryl McGrattan, Nathan Littauer’s vice president of marketing, public relations and community relations.
“This decision allowed us to focus our resources on an unusually high volume of high-acuity patients in our hospital,” McGrattan said in an emailed statement on Saturday. “At noon today, we resumed normal operations. Like many hospitals in our region, we continue to see a high number of COVID cases coupled with high acuity.”
McGrattan said the community the hospital serves tends to lag Capital Region trends by 14 to 21 days.
“This reality underscores our fervent hope that our local vaccination rates improve,” she said. “We urge everyone to get vaccinated and boosted.”
The hospital did not return a request for further comment. St. Mary’s Hospital could not be reached for comment.
Fulton County just had two more COVID-19 deaths, according to data released by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office Saturday.
According to that data, there are 155 patients hospitalized with COVID in the Mohawk Valley Region.
There are 321,261 people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 296,884 have gotten the series in the Mohawk Valley, according to the information released Saturday.