Department of Health: Elective surgical procedures must be rescheduled due to COVID-19
JACKSON, Miss. (WXXV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) advises that given the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Mississippi and the shortage of protective medical equipment, elective medical procedures and non-essential medical visits must be postponed at this time.
According to a statement by MSDH on Thursday, the following measures should be taken:
- Physician, hospitals and medical centers must defer elective surgical and diagnostic procedures until COVID-19 spread has been diminished and the supply of protective medical equipment is restored.
- Physicians and providers should reschedule non-urgent medical appointments for a later date.
- Dentists must delay non-emergency or routine dental procedures.
- Patients should reschedule any non-essential procedures, surgeries or medical visits until the threat of COVID-19 is diminished
MSDH says these measures will protect patients and healthcare professionals by minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19 and preserving valuable protective equipment.