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Gov. DeSantis prohibits hospitals, doctors from performing non-emergency surgeries

Posted at 4:13 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 18:40:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gov. Ron DeSantis is prohibiting all hospitals, surgery centers and doctor's offices from doing non-essential elective medical procedures in order to conserve supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-72, regarding non-essential elective medical procedures.

According to the order, all hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices in the state of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary surgeries.

That means doctors can't perform any surgery that's non-urgent or is a non-emergency procedure that won't immediately put patient's health, safety or wellbeing at risk if delayed.

Delayed procedures could include, but are not limited to, some endoscopy, most cataract and lens surgeries, non-urgent spine and orthopedic procedures, and cosmetic procedures.

Allowed surgeries include, but may not be limited to, removal of a cancerous tumors, transplants, limb-threatening vascular surgeries, trauma-related procedures, and dental care related to the relief of pain and management of infection.

This Executive Order follows an earlier one DeSantis issued Friday that forced all restaurants and bars to shut down their dining rooms.

You can read the full Executive Order below:

EO 20-72 by WTXL ABC 27 on Scribd