Released: 6/21/2021 6:00:00 AM
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and Oishei Children’s Hospital today announced that for the first time since the pandemic began, they have reported to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) that they are at zero positive COVID-19 inpatients.
“This is tremendous news for our community and a tremendous accomplishment for our staff,” said Bob Nesselbush, CEO of Kaleida Health. “Our teams across the health system were on the front lines of one of the most challenging viruses seen in more than 100 years. From the bruises on their faces after wearing masks for 12 hours, to the stress of fighting for the lives of each patient, to the fear of contracting the virus themselves or bringing it home to loved ones, our staff persevered. The Kaleida Health team was there for all of us in our darkest times. And they never wavered in their commitment to their patients or their co-workers. We thank them for this incredible dedication and commitment. Our community is better because of their efforts.”
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital recorded the organization’s first COVID-19 inpatient back in March 2020. The Suburban Hospital team cared for COVID-19 inpatients for 460 straight days.
Last week, Oishei Children’s Hospital first recorded zero COVID-19 inpatients to NYSDOH on June 17, 2021. They have had zero COVID-19 inpatients since then.
Buffalo General Medical Center currently has two COVID-19 inpatients.
Kaleida Health and its facilities saw their initial peak in the spring of 2020 with a total of 109 COVID-19 inpatients. The numbers fell throughout the summer and fall last year with a total of just 10 inpatients total across the health system on September 9, 2020.
Like most in the Western New York community and across the State, Kaleida Health saw a major winter spike, recording a record-high 212 COVID-19 inpatients on December 10, 2020.
On March 11, 2021 Kaleida Health recorded 51 COVID-19 inpatients. That figure jumped to 154 COVID-19 inpatients on April 22, 2021. The organization saw a precipitous drop through the remainder of the spring with only 10 COVID-19 inpatients recorded on June 10, 2021.