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State DOH will make Determination on Wednesday:
WCCH could be forced to pause elective surgeries next week

Wyoming County Community Hospital is among 31 hospitals statewide at risk of being forced to pause non-essential surgeries and procedures next week, state Health Department officials announced Friday. The state DOH will issue orders to hospitals with a 10% or less staffed bed capacity over a one-week average to limit non-essential elective procedures, in accordance with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Nov. 26 executive order.

Hochul’s order came as new COVID-19 infections reach transmission levels not seen since last April and the emergence of the coronavirus omicron variant recently discovered in South Africa. The order will impact procedures scheduled to occur on or after Wednesday.

“No hospitals have currently limited procedures under the governor’s executive order,” DOH spokesperson Erin Silk said in a statement Friday. “While this order is effective today, determinations will be issued to facilities by Dec. 6 to apply to procedures scheduled to occur on or after Dec. 9.” The order remains in effect through Jan. 15.

Officials at Wyoming County Community Hospital could not immediately be reached for comment as of Friday evening. WCCH was the only hospital in the GLOW region among the 31 listed. Six hospitals each in Central New York, Western New York and the Finger Lakes and five each in the North Country and the Mohawk Valley may be forced to indefinitely cease nonessential surgeries and procedures.

“The Department of Health continues to work with hospital systems during implementation,” department officials said. Statewide COVID hospitalizations have steadily increased over the last several months, netting 14 additional patients overnight Thursday to 3,107 New Yorkers in health facilities with virus complications.

Rising hospitalizations and daily fatalities are the consequence of spiking new coronavirus infections, which have been on the rise this fall. The state’s daily positivity rate increased to 4.87% Friday and is 4.85% over a seven-day average.

“We’re seeing exactly what we foresaw,” Gov. Hochul said during a COVID briefing in Manhattan on Thursday. “More hospitalizations puts a lot of stress on the hospital system, which is why our executive order ... says that hospitals that have less than 10% capacity have to cease elective surgeries until at least Jan. 15, unless they’re able to get those numbers higher or their capacity higher.

“The Department of Health is working to make sure that there’s some flexibility within that,” the governor added.

Other factors besides rising COVID rate are pressuring local hospitals, from employee shortages — which often means fewer beds are staffed — to difficulties discharging patients who need to be in long-term care facilities that don’t have room Hochul has worked with hospitals ahead of the order taking effect Friday, Health Department officials said.

“We are responding with constant communication with the hospitals, the local health departments and the elected officials to find out how we can backfill and get more health care workers,” Hochul said. “It’s not a shortage of beds, it’s a shortage of people to staff the beds.”

On Wednesday, the governor announced the deployment of 60 National Guard medical teams to various long-term care facilities across the state, where she said “the need for additional resources has been identified” to alleviate some of the burden at nursing homes. Hochul has said she will deploy National Guard medical teams or health workers from other nations approved to work in the state to supplement staffing in New York hospitals if necessary. The University of Vermont Health Network is ready to work in partnership with New York’s Health Department to address the reducing availability of staffed beds in the state.

“We look forward to working in partnership with NYSDOH to address the sustained increase in patient census that hospitals across our region have been facing for the last several months,” UVM Health Network President Michelle LeBeau said in a statement Friday. “Our surge and flex plan, submitted to NYSDOH in accordance with the governor’s recent executive order, has been fine-tuned over the past two years, as we continue to learn, grow and adapt to the challenges created by this public health emergency.

“Because of the hard work and dedication of our care teams, our leaders and employees across our organization, Alice Hyde [Medical Center] is well-positioned to overcome these recent challenges. Since the beginning of this pandemic, Alice Hyde has risen to the challenges forcing health care organizations to think differently about how to provide care in the communities we serve — and that includes being prepared for surges in patient census and COVID cases and patients locally and throughout our region.”

Hochul has stressed the need for her Executive Order No. 11, which declared a disaster emergency in the state and will reinstitute the state’s Surge and Flex health system created in spring 2020 to help hospitals more easily share resources as coronavirus infections are expected to increase through the upcoming holiday season and winter months.

“The executive order will also enable New York state to acquire more quickly any critical supplies to combat the pandemic,” Health Department officials said Friday. The department considers hospitals as at-risk with regional COVID-19 hospital admission rates greater than four, based on a seven-day average per 100,000 residents, according to the order.

“DOH retains the discretion to require any facility to limit non-essential elective procedures and/or implement other actions to coordinate services, as determined by DOH as necessary to protect public health,” according to the guidance released Friday. The order does not apply to specialty facilities such as cancer treatment centers, non-hospital-owned ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery practices or free-standing diagnostic and treatment centers, according to the executive mandate.

Health Department officials will review data weekly starting the week of Dec. 13. Data will be reviewed by the department Thursdays, and impacted facilities will be notified the next day, Friday, about limiting procedures to take affect the following Thursday, according to the guidance.

Republican officials have largely criticized the latest state order, saying it will lead to long-term health consequences and delay a sluggish economic recovery.

“Throughout the pandemic, New Yorkers had to limit their doctor visits and [elective] procedures with increased risk and harm related to major long term negative health consequences,” U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-1, the leading Republican nominee in next year’s gubernatorial contest, said in a statement Nov. 26 when Hochul signed the executive order.

“Going backwards now to limit necessary health services will result in massive negative harm that absolutely must be avoided,” he said. “New York has a major staffing shortage in the health field that Kathy Hochul greatly exacerbated with her COVID vaccine mandate, firing healthcare workers and turning heroes into zeroes. More of these ill-advised mandates from Albany is not the cure New Yorkers need.”

By KATE LISA - Johnson Newspaper Corp.
(Includes reporting by DN Editor Matt Surtel.)

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Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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