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State Eases Elective Surgery Ban, Creates COVID Care Line

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced the gradual return of elective surgeries, which were postponed to conserve hospital space and personal protective equipment. DeWine told doctors, hospitals, and outpatient facilities to re-assess the delayed procedures:



"To talk with the patient and take a look at it to see whether now with the passage of time if the surgery or procedure is something that needs to take place," DeWine continued. "We're asking that they review any of the postponed procedures or surgeries in light of that patient's current health situation and quality of life and make a joint decision about whether to proceed. In addition for new or other chronic conditions that may have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life, providers and patients together may consider moving forward with diagnostic procedures. Patients must be informed of the risk of contracting COVID-19 and that impact during the post-operative recovery process. Patients must have the information necessary to make informed decisions and pay greater attention to the effectiveness of non-surgical options that must be made."


DeWine encouraged health care providers to use clinical judgment to help patients make responsible decisions. The governor also hinted that doctor's offices will reopen soon, including dental providers. The virus pandemic continues to be a stressful time for Ohioans. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has established a new care line for residents to call, according to Director Lori Criss:





"This is an opportunity for the care line to provide emotional support and assistance to all Ohioans who are struggling with the stress from this pandemic, and all calls are confidential," Criss continued. "We're grateful for the opportunity to provide the emphasis that mental health is as important as physical health. We're proud to bring this resource to all Ohioans. The number for the COVID care line 1-800-720-9616."


The care line will open 8am to 8pm every day with a rollover to a national number overnight. Trained staff and professionals will listen to concerns and help provide strategies and support. 

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. He earned Broadcasting and Journalism degrees from the University of Florida.