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Ban on elective surgeries extended one more week

24 April 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Gov. Northam has extended the ban on elective surgeries for one more week, now lasting until May 1. This has been done to ensure that frontline medical staff have the equipment they need to stay safe as they treat others. Northam says the state government is “working with medical facilities on plans to ensure that we can resume elective surgeries safely and responsibly”.

The ban does not apply to any procedure if the delay would cause harm to the patient. Nor does it apply to outpatient visits in hospital-based clinics, family planning services or emergency needs. If you are facing a medical emergency, please go to the hospital. If you have any questions regarding the ban, see the Frequently Asked Questions Guide.

While the state government recognizes the hardship that the ban will cause, it is a necessary sacrifice to combat COVID-19.

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