MN governor allows non-COVID related surgical care to continue

Finally. As a healthcare provider myself, I understand the initial concern with so-called “non-essential” surgeries and procedures utilizing PPE elements (surgical masks, gowns) at the expense of ED/emergent use during the pandemic, but it’s time to let healthcare organizations decide when and how to use their resources to continue manage urgent, potential surgical issues.

Urged by financially struggling medical providers, and concerned by tales of sick patients getting sicker, Walz said he would likely act on Tuesday and amend his emergency order so that surgeons, dentists and other providers could resume work.

Minnesota is much better prepared for COVID-19 than it was when he issued the order more than a month ago — with stable supplies of personal protective equipment and more intensive care beds than larger Illinois, Walz said.

Michael L. Douglas @doctorpundit

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