Ohio Hospital Association works on plan to begin elective surgeries

DeWine feat Amy Acton
Posted at 7:18 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 10:50:08-04

Almost one month ago, Governor Mike DeWine ordered all non-life saving, elective medical procedures be delayed. The order was aimed at conserving the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) being used and reducing the amount of foot traffic in hospitals to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Now the curve appears to be flattening in many parts of the country and DeWine said he’s feeling better about hospital capacity.

There is still a concern about PPE availability to protect hospital workers and patients, so getting back to business as usual while continuing to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases is a delicate balance.

“That's our big goal -- we are running into the same problems other states are facing. We have put together a team that is doing a good job that is not easy,” DeWine said Wednesday.

Dewine has given the Ohio Hospital Association one week to come up with a plan.