LCHS Announces “Pause” on Delivering Babies, Effective September 25, Due to Staff Resignations Prompted by COVID Vaccine Mandate


Published: September 10, 2021 at 02:25 p.m.

By: Nick Altmire




During a 1 PM press conference, Lewis County Health System CEO Jerry Cayer announced that due to the number of resignations received due to the recent COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, the maternity unit at Lewis County Hospital will be unable to safely maintain staffing levels after September 24, resulting in no choice but to "pause" delivering babies at the hospital effective September 25.


Mr. Cayer said that across the health system there remain 165 employees that have not yet received a first dose of the vaccine, as the mandate requires by September 27th. Depending on the decisions of these employees, further services may be impacted in the coming weeks.


The hospital has already had 30 resignations recently by employees choosing not to receive the vaccine.


We were not able to provide a live stream of the press conference, but we're processing the video now and we'll have the full video of the press conference available in the next hour or two. Check back for additional details.


UPDATE: Full video of the press conference is available now on our YouTube channel here, or by clicking the image below:


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