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Have elective surgeries been suspended? If I am a doctor or dentist, can I perform elective surgeries?

Effective as of 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, all elective surgeries or invasive procedures, both medical and dental, are suspended.

All medical and dental operations that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient, as determined by the patient's physician or dentist, will be suspended.

Physicians and dentists, who are planning to perform surgery or invasive procedures in their offices, must consider the potential burden of post-surgery complications on local hospitals prior to performing any operation.

Facilities are required to immediately notify patients whose operations have to be suspended.

The order does not limit access to family planning services, including termination of pregnancies.

In addition, any business, non-hospital health care facility, or institution of higher learning in possession of personal protective equipment, ventilators, respirators, or anesthesia machines not required for the provision of critical health care services shall undertake an inventory of these supplies and send that information to the State by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 27. The Office of Emergency Management will establish a process for affected entities to submit this information.

Updated/Reviewed: 3/31/2020

Source: Executive Order No. 109