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Spread of COVID-19 increasing demands on health care workers


Catholic Health workers are ready to care for the rising number of people contracting the coronavirus, so says the system's President and CEO Mark Sullivan. His greater concern is over what's happening outside health care facilities. "The community needs to step up and do more about that. And really be a City of Good Neighbors, (by) masking up." 

During a morning conversation with WBFO, Sullivan reflected on the ongoing lessons of the pandemic. Health care providers initially scrambled to procure protective equipment for workers. New York State now requires all hospitals to store at least 90-days worth of safety gear. Catholic Health, Sullivan says, has been able to equal or surpass those levels, but he has a crucial concern.

"When we were back in March and April there were on two states--New York and Washington-- that had a COVID crisis. Today, we're seeing at least 48 states that are in a COVID crisis, " Sullivan said.

"So, supply will not keep up with demand."


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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.