Local hospital temporarily suspended procedures due to influx of other patients

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SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – Hospitals here in the Valley and around the country have been busy recently, but experts stress that it’s not just COVID-19 patients filling all those beds.

Salem Regional Medical Center suspended elective and non-urgent procedures for a short time this week to relocate staff for patient care.

By Friday, there were back to doing the surgeries. While the hospital has seen an increase in COVID-19, they’re also seeing a lot of other emergency conditions, and they are not alone. Other Valley hospitals are dealing with it as well.

“From respiratory syncytial virus to enterovirus, plus the COVID, and routine concussions and all the sports injuries coming through, I think you have to realize the whole package is stressful,” said Dr. Mary Costello.

Patient numbers change from day to day and even hour by hour.

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