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Coronavirus In Ohio: Hospitals Developing Plan To Resume Elective Surgeries

Riverside Methodist Hopsital in Columbus, Ohio.
Ryan Hitchcock
Riverside Methodist Hopsital in Columbus.

The Ohio Hospital Association is putting together a plan to begin allowing some elective procedures as the state looks to a new stage in its fight against COVID-19.

Gov. Mike DeWine's administration banned elective surgeries in order to keep hospital crowds down and conserve personal protective equipment, or PPE.

DeWine wants hospitals to be able to begin treating patients who have delayed their health care needs due to the pandemic and health orders.

"I've asked them, as they put the plan together to still be mindful of the PPE challenge because that's not something that we can just blow off. We've got to continue to be concerned with that," DeWine said.

The administration is also working to conserve personal protective equipment for first responders.

DeWine says he expects to see the plan from the Ohio Hospital Association within a week.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.