Health officials advise postponing elective surgeries

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Officials are working to ensure that hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Mississippi are prepared to treat coronavirus patients as the virus spreads.

The Mississippi State Department of Health is advising that all elective medical procedures and non-essential medical visits must be postponed at this time in an effort to free up resources.

In a news release, the MSDH stated that the following measures should be taken:

  • Physician, hospitals and medical centers must defer elective surgical and diagnostic procedures until COVID-19 spread has been diminished and the supply of protective medical equipment is restored.
  • Physicians and providers should reschedule non-urgent medical appointments for a later date.
  • Dentists must delay non-emergency or routine dental procedures.
  • Patients should reschedule any non-essential procedures, surgeries or medical visits until the threat of COVID-19 is diminished

These measures will protect patients and healthcare professionals by minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19 and preserving valuable protective equipment.

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