7 states considering resuming or resuming elective surgeries 

Several states are debating whether to resume elective procedures or have implemented executive orders restarting the procedures. 

Becker's will keep this list continuously updated as the situation changes. 

States resuming elective procedures: 

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is allowing clinicians to perform procedures for conditions that would otherwise endanger quality of life beginning May 4. The order provides a significant amount of guidance around what procedures can be performed, available here.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an order April 16 allowing clinicians to resume procedures that if not performed could increase morbidity or mortality beginning April 24. Minor procedures, like outpatient surgery or procedures for non-life-threatening illnesses, can be performed May 1. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order April 17 to loosen the state's elective surgery ban. From April 21 through May 8, elective procedures can be performed if they do not endanger hospital capacity or personal protective equipment stockpiles. 

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will allow surgeons to begin performing elective procedures May 4, after the initial elective surgery ban lifts. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing hospitals in some counties in the state to begin elective surgeries again if they do not face significant risk of a nearterm COVID-19 surge.

States considering resuming elective procedures: 

Oregon Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown calling for the reintroduction of elective surgical procedures. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is leaving it to the state's clinicians to tell him how they'll protect patients and preserve personal protective equipment if he lifts the state's ban on elective surgical procedures

Centers resuming elective procedures:

Fargo, N.D.-based Center for Pain Medicine Clinic and Surgery Center will reopen for procedures April 22. 

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System resumed performing outpatient elective surgeries at its five hospitals.

Pittsburgh-based UPMC is ramping up elective procedures with the goal to reach pre-COVID-19 volumes within six weeks, despite an order from Gov. Tom Wolf to stop elective procedures. 

Surgery Center of Aiken (S.C.) and Aiken Regional Medical Center announced April 20 it will resume elective procedures.

Irving, Texas-based Christus Health will begin to certify its facilities to perform elective surgeries again. 

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