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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC) — When it comes to the emergency department patient overflows across the region, Michael Stapleton—with UR Medicine/Thompson Health in Canandaigua—says it’s serious. “This isn’t sustainable over the long-term,” he said. “We need help.”

Stapleton says there are various issues at play when it comes to bed space: COVID still circulating, patients who delayed care during the pandemic and are now much sicker, and a lack of nursing home beds in the community. “Out of the 107 patients I have, 20 of them are stable,” he said. “They no longer need acute care, but we can find them a nursing home bed.”