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Brown plans to lift restrictions on non-urgent medical procedures

Hospitals, surgical centers, medical and dental offices that meet the requirements will be able to resume non-urgent procedures on May 1.

Posted: Apr 23, 2020 8:38 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2020 10:39 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday that beginning May 1, she will be relaxing restrictions on non-emergency medical procedures.

The governor is lifting her order that delayed non-urgent procedures for health care providers, as long as they demonstrate that they meet requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness.

Hospitals, surgical centers, medical and dental offices that meet these requirements will be able to resume non-urgent procedures on May 1.

“As anyone waiting for an elective surgery knows, ‘non-urgent’ does not mean ‘minor,’” Brown said. “This is incredibly important medical care that we would not have told providers to delay if the threat of COVID-19 had not made it necessary.”

Brown expressed her gratitude to Oregonians for the sacrifices they made during the crisis to ensure that heath care workers have the personal protective equipment they need to treat COVID-19 patients.

“Lifting this order will allow our health care system to get up and running again, with appropriate safeguards in place, so that Oregonians can get health care treatment without delay,” she said.

Brown, Dr. Dana Hargunani of the Oregon Health Authority, and Dr. Bruce Goldberg of the Governor’s Medical Advisory Panel will be holding a press availability by teleconference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23, to answer questions from the media.

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