Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider, sent over a dozen nurses to the White House after firing 1,400 unvaccinated nurses earlier this year. Northwell Health employs over 76,000 people.
The nurses singing “We Need a Little Christmas” in the East Room went viral on social media. The event was branded by critics for being “tone deaf” with First Lady Jill Biden not wearing a face mask in the wings and a distraction from President Biden’s failed COVID-19 policies, including his campaign promise to reopen the country.
During the performance, two elderly nurses were singing maskless while a majority of the younger nurses wore matching face masks. Although New York medical professionals have been required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 is still carried and transmitted between vaccinated individuals. Older adults are at an increased risk of severe illness. Treatment may include hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator for those with an increased risk.
Although the media keeps spreading tales that the hospitals are being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the CEO of Northwell Health tells a different story. Michael Dowling, the president and CEO of Northwell Health, released a statement saying, “Northwell hospitals are not overwhelmed.” Dowling continued in his statement,
“There is simply no benefit to unnecessarily scaring people away from scheduling vital routine care.
Delays lead to worsening patient outcomes.
We are nowhere near the critical state we were in during the first wave of the pandemic in the early spring of 2020.
Thankfully, most people now contracting the virus are simply not as sick.
If those who do test positive can manage their symptoms—without a hospital stay—that’s a potentially positive step toward reaching herd immunity.”
JUST NOW: “We’re doing very, very well. Very manageable. There’s no crisis. We have about 460 patients in our hospitals. That’s less than 10% of our overall capacity.”@NorthwellHealth CEO @MichaelJDowling on Hospital situation in New York. pic.twitter.com/JGXJahwMBy
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) December 21, 2021
Joe & Jill Biden invited singing nurses to perform in the East Room.
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) December 23, 2021
This is so much worse than when the celebrities sang “Imagine,” just genuinely dark-sided stuff https://t.co/rHs5lmGTgj
— Zoé (@ztsamudzi) December 23, 2021
These are employees of Northwell Health, which just fired 1,400 unvaxxed healthcare workers due to the Biden Admin’s OSHA rule. https://t.co/PdoLsBz5Y0
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) December 23, 2021