Washington Expands Elective Surgeries


Photo: KATU/KOMO

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee more non-urgent medical procedures will be allowed.

Last month, the governor issued Proclamation 20-24 to ensure appropriate surge capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals and other health care facilities to manage an influx of COVID-19 patients.

"Washingtonians have taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously, and that includes our doctors and nurses. But there are some much needed procedures that aren't being performed that should be, and we need to make sure that everyone gets the care they need during this time," Inslee said.

“Through the great work of our hospitals and medical delivery system, we are clarifying that some procedures should go forward while still ensuring there is adequate capacity to deal with COVID-19 and other emergency situations. Personal protective equipment continues to be in high demand, and we must make sure that all medical professionals have what they need to stay healthy and protected while serving the needs of their patients.”

Inslee says he plans to extend the Stay Home, Stay Health order that was set to expire on May 4th. He'll release details of his plan on Friday.

News Radio 1190 KEX · Depend On Us

Listen Now on iHeartRadio