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County Executive PJ Wendel and the county’s public health director expressed frustration this week regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Christine Schuyler said area residents may not be aware of the ongoing hardship and difficulty in the community due to the pandemic — but it is here.

“On the side of our health care system, I feel like unless you’re working inside a hospital or nursing home or working in a public health department, the pandemic seems to be not a big deal,” Schuyler said. “But if you need emergency care right now, you’re going to realize what a big deal this pandemic still is for a variety of reasons. Hospitals and nursing homes were also considerably short-staffed, we’ve already had a low blood supply in our communities, and we’ve already had a lot of issues with our health care system as it was.”

She added: “You’ve now got health care providers who are burned out, definitely public health professionals who are burnt out. You’ve got a lot of people who let their chronic conditions go over the course of the pandemic where they’re now in a crisis state. So, we have this perfect storm going on that right now in our own little county; we are seeing the impacts of that on our emergency services systems and our hospital systems. This is something we can’t say this is about ‘me, me, me’ anymore. This really is about all of us.”

She said she hopes that people become more aware of these issues.

“There’s not necessarily an emergency room bed out there for you,” Schuyler said.

S“Or is there an inpatient bed in that hospital or a bed at that tertiary care facility that you really need to be transferred to — or your child or your parent needs to be transferred to.”

At this point, she said the community needs to adopt a mindset of taking care of not just “ourselves but to take care of our community.” It has become abundantly clear the pandemic is far from over, she said.

Wendel said the situation regarding the medical care system in the county is extraordinarily serious.

“That’s the reality,” he said. “I faced it. Christine couldn’t have said it any better (in the paper) — it’s scary to be sick right now. Have a heart attack — yeah, that’s scary — because you need immediate care. Right now, it will happen, but your critical level is going to change. Those are the worst parts. What we’re seeing is Olean General being on a delay, so patients from Olean choosing or ambulances coming to UPMC Chautauqua. We were not a tertiary care center, but it is said we are becoming one because we are getting patients from other facilities that are taxing our system as well.”

Wendel echoed Schulyer’s sentiments, pointing out that average citizens might not be aware of the struggle the medical systems and their personnel are undergoing at this time. While things might not look that much different on a shopping trip to Walmart or Wegmans, he said the story is very different in area hospitals and medical facilities.

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Source: https://www.observertoday.com/news/page-one/2021/12/county-officials-voice-covid-frustration/

County Executive PJ Wendel and the county’s public health director expressed frustration this week regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Christine Schuyler said area residents may not be aware of the ongoing hardship and difficulty in the community due to the pandemic — but it is here.

“On the side of our health care system, I feel like unless you’re working inside a hospital or nursing home or working in a public health department, the pandemic seems to be not a big deal,” Schuyler said. “But if you need emergency care right now, you’re going to realize what a big deal this pandemic still is for a variety of reasons. Hospitals and nursing homes were also c…….

County Executive PJ Wendel and the county’s public health director expressed frustration this week regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Christine Schuyler said area residents may not be aware of the ongoing hardship and difficulty in the community due to the pandemic — but it is here.

“On the side of our health care system, I feel like unless you’re working inside a hospital or nursing home or working in a public health department, the pandemic seems to be not a big deal,” Schuyler said. “But if you need emergency care right now, you’re going to realize what a big deal this pandemic still is for a variety of reasons. Hospitals and nursing homes were also c…….

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