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Rally cry: Reopen Long Beach emergency room, now

Rally cry: Reopen Long Beach emergency room, now
City leaders and community members urged Mount Sinai South Nassau to reopen a Long Beach emergency room at a rally Tuesday night outside the facility, shuttered because of a shortage of vaccinated nur

i pShare Tweet Email City leaders and community members urged Mount Sinai South Nassau to reopen a Long Beach emergency room at a rally Tuesday night outside the facility, shuttered because of a shortage of vaccinated nurses.Long Beach leaders said they were only given a few hours notice Monday that hospital officials had filed a notice of closure with the state health department.City Council President John Bendo said if hospital staff is mostly vaccinated, they should be able to juggle schedules to keep Long Beach open.The Long Beach emergency department sees about 10,000 patients per year, Bendo said, compared to 70,000 patients annually in Oceanside.

During the closure, residents of the barrier island, including Point Lookout, Lido Beach and Atlantic Beach, are forced to drive 20 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic, over the Long Beach bridge to Oceanside, Bendo said." Mount Sinai officials said they are seeking additional nurses to staff the facility in the next two weeks and hope to reopen Long Beach by Dec.

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