NASSAU COUNTY, NY — The head of Nassau County is pleading with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow hospitals in the county to resume urgent and elective surgeries, joining other parts of the state that have done so.
Cuomo ordered the surgeries — which hospitals rely on for funding — suspended indefinitely until each region could sufficiently curb the spread of the coronavirus. Six regions have begun phase one of reopening businesses, excluding Long Island, New York City and the Hudson Valley, and elective surgeries were recently allowed to begin in Suffolk and Westchester Counties.
Laura Curran, the county executive, on Sunday wrote a letter to Cuomo saying reinstating the surgeries as soon as possible was "imperative."
"The long-term health of so many who rely on procedures such as colonoscopies, mammograms and biopsies, just to name a few, is at stake," Curran wrote.
She said New York committed to a regional approach when dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, and asked that Nassau County be included in the group of localities allowed to perform the procedures. Doing so makes sense geographically, she said, as well as logistically because the region's hospital capacity has been a "collective consideration."
"I have been in regular communication with the heads of our hospital systems, and they echo my sentiment on this issue," Curran wrote. "I am CCing them here as they have stressed the importance of getting back to work on preventative and other important health care measures."