CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Clinic announced that they will be postponing any non-essential surgery that requires a hospital bed.
Starting Wednesday, all scheduled non-essential surgeries that require a hospital bed in Ohio hospitals, with the exception of Lutheran Hospital, will be postponed to Friday, December 17th.
The clinic said the non-essential cases will be safely postponed to a later date.
The clinic has published the following statement:
“It is important to understand that our hospitals and emergency rooms remain open to care for our community. Necessary and urgent operations as well as heart, cancer, child and transplant operations as well as outpatient operations that do not require a hospital bed will continue to be planned. During this time.
“We will continue to evaluate our planned surgical patients while the pandemic continues.
“We continue to urge our communities to take precautions and get their COVID-19 vaccine as the majority of our patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.”
That announcement comes less than a week after the hospital system announced it would stop scheduling non-urgent surgeries by January 3
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As of Tuesday, 4,203 hospitalized patients across the state had COVID-19, including 1,097 in intensive care.
Only 18% of ICU beds are available in hospitals across the state.