Oishei Children's Hospital prepared to admit young adults as coronavirus cases rise in Western New York

Oishei Children's Hospital
Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 09:37:23-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Oishei Children's Hospital is temporarily expanding its admission criteria to help boost Kaleida Health's inpatient bed capacity as COVID-19 cases rise in Western New York.

The hospital will begin admitting adult patients ages 25 and under, providing Kaleida Health's network of hospitals in Western New York with more ICU beds for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.

As of Wednesday morning, the hospital had only three patients with COVID-19, none of whom were in the ICU. Just next door at another Kaleida Health hospital, Buffalo General Medical Center is treating 79 COVID-19 patients, 21 of whom are in the ICU.

In the northtowns, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has 56 COVID-19 patients, seven of whom are in the ICU. DeGraff Memorial hospital has no COVID-19 patients.

If Millard Fillmore, DeGraff, or Buffalo General experiences a surge of COVID-19 patients, Kaleida Health says Oishei Children's Hospital will be prepared to admit patients that fit its newly expanded admission criteria.