19 states resuming elective surgeries

Anuja Vaidya -   Print  |

These 19 states have allowed or announced plans to allow healthcare providers to resume elective surgeries.

Note: This is an evolving situation and this is not an exhaustive list. Becker's will update the list as other states announce plans to resume elective surgeries.

April 21
Indiana: As part of a revised stay-at-home order, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb loosened restrictions on elective surgeries, stating that hospitals can conduct medically necessary procedures, including determining cancer diagnoses and cardiac issues, provided sufficient personal protective equipment, staff and other supplies are available for the COVID-19 response.

April 26
Colorado: Healthcare providers can resume all voluntary or elective procedures, defined as those that can be delayed for a minimum of three months "without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient."

April 22
Utah: The state allowed hospitals to begin performing some elective proceduresin accordance with guidelines established in consultation with the Utah Hospital Association, Utah Medical Association, Utah Dental Association and other medical providers.

Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott loosened restrictions on elective surgeries in the state, allowing facilities to perform them if they can do so without depleting hospital capacity of personal protective equipment supply needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio: The state issued an order directing healthcare professionals to review any postponed procedures or surgeries with their patients and make a joint decision about whether or not to proceed. "Resuming elective surgeries and procedures will take clinical judgment, and we will rely on our healthcare providers to make responsible decisions as we move forward," said Gov. Mike DeWine.

California: Gov. Gavin Newsom allowed hospitals to resume nonemergency surgeries and procedures, including tumor removal, heart valve replacements and important preventive care services such as colonoscopies.

April 24
Oklahoma: Gov. Kevin Stitt will allow any procedure for conditions that are not life-threatening — and which would have the potential for increasing disease or death if not provided — to be performed..

April 27
Arkansas: Healthcare providers will resume certain nonessential outpatient procedures in accordance with certain requirements issued by Arkansas Health Department.

April 28
New York: Some hospitals may resume elective outpatient procedures, provided they maintain adequate bed capacity for the COVID-19 response. Only hospitals in counties with fewer than 10 new hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in 10 days will be allowed to resume these surgeries.

West Virginia: Healthcare providers that have applied to the state's Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification and received approval may resume elective surgeries.

April 30
Tennessee: The executive order mandating healthcare providers postpose elective or nonurgent surgeries is set to expire at the end of the month, allowing providers to resume these procedures.

May 1
Arizona: Healthcare providers in the state can resume elective surgeries if they can show they have implemented certain measures, including having a more than 14-day supply of protective gear and ensuring adequate staffing and beds.

Oregon: Hospitals and other healthcare facilities meeting certain requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness will be able to resume nonurgent procedures.

Virginia: The state's ban on elective surgeries was set to expire April 24, but has been extended.

May 4
Alaska: Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued an order allowing health care services that cannot be delayed beyond eight weeks without posing a significant risk to quality of life to may resume.

Nebraska: Elective surgeries can resume as long as hospitals and healthcare facilities meet requirements for available bed capacity and have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment.

May 15
Vermont: The state's healthcare providers will be allowed to return to performing nonessential or elective procedures.

May 18
Washington: Healthcare providers in the state can begin performing elective procedures once the state's order banning these procedures expires.

May 31
South Dakota: Healthcare providers will be allowed to begin performing nonessential, elective surgeries, which they have been asked to postpone to preserve personal protective equipment.

Editor's note: Additional states were added to this listing 10:15 a.m. CT April 24.

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