YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mercy Health announced Monday that the health system is postponing all elective surgeries that require an overnight stay.

The new guideline goes into effect Thursday, Nov. 26.

The decision was made after careful assessment and deliberation, as well as the increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital administrators said.

“In the springtime, it was all elective cases, including those that were a quick in and out visit to the hospital, and that was done to reserve PPE. Back then, that was really the purpose of that. Now, it’s not a PPE limitation. Those cases that can be delayed where they need to have hospital stays are the ones that we are going to push back a little bit,” said Mercy Health Chief Clinical Officer Dr. James Kravec.

Mercy Health continues to implement the following safety protocols:

  • Temporarily reducing the number of entry points to facilities to better protect the health and safety of all who enter
  • Visitor restrictions in place that ask people to not visit facilities. While they recognize that this can be disappointing to visitors and patients, the health of you and the community is their top priority
  • They are implementing social distancing guidelines, especially in public areas like lobbies
  • Associates are following PPE guidelines including wearing masks in all settings and wearing additional PPE on units where appropriate
  • In addition to normal cleanliness standards, environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures are being followed consistently and correctly according to CDC recommendations for COVID-19

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