Sources say that the Long Beach Emergency Care Facility, run by Mt. Sinai South Nassau Hospital, will close its doors at 3 PM today because of staff shortages due to the NYS vaccine mandate.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) was notified of the need to close the free-standing Long Beach Emergency Department (LBED) on Friday and granted verbal approval, according to Mount Sinai South Nassau.
The hospital said that the staffing shortage and subsequent closure is a result of the hospital’s compliance with the NYSDOH’s mandate issued Thursday which requires the suspension of any staff working under temporary religious exemptions who cannot show proof of receiving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical exemption from receiving it.
It will remain closed until replacement workers are found.