Long Island ER to reopen after resolving staffing shortages

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island emergency room will reopen Friday after resolving staffing shortages related to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.

Mount Sinai South Nassau closed the Long Beach Emergency Department this week amid a state mandate requiring the suspension of unvaccinated staffers working under temporary religious exemptions.

The hospital had said the closure could last up to four weeks, but Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that state health officials had worked to alleviate the staffing shortage.