Hospitals postpone non-essential surgical procedures

| January 7, 2022

In the last few weeks there has been an unprecedented surge of new COVID-19 cases in Central, Southeast, and Southeast Central Ohio due to the more contagious Omicron variant. The resulting increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations has stretched hospital resources in The Central Ohio Trauma System to the maximum.

Because of this, all adult hospitals in Zone 2 have mutually agreed to postpone non-essential surgical procedures requiring an overnight stay through Friday, Jan. 21. Essential surgeries to prevent death, prevent permanent limb or organ injury, to prevent the progression of cancer and to prevent the progression to severe pain will continue as normally scheduled.

Each hospital, including Coshocton Regional Medical Center, will develop a process to identify which cases will be postponed and to notify patients, but the result will be the same, more beds to care for seriously ill and injured in the Central, Southeast, and Southeast Central Ohio region.

Hospitals remain committed to serving the healthcare needs of their communities as best they can during this unprecedented time.

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