Elective Surgeries To Resume in Suffolk

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Elective surgeries will be allowed to continue on eastern Long Island now that the number of coronavirus patients being hospitalized amid the pandemic are no longer overwhelming the healthcare system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said elective surgeries and ambulatory care will be allowed to resume at hospitals in Suffolk County and Westchester County.

“We want to make sure people who need medical services are getting medical services,” the governor told reporters Saturday during his latest coronavirus news briefing. 

Elective surgeries were canceled across New York State in March in order to make enough hospital bed space for COVID-19 patients ahead of the virus’ peak.

It was not immediately clear when elective surgeries would resume in neighboring Nassau County, which has been harder hit than Suffolk. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said Friday that’s because patients are coming from New York City to the 11 hospitals in the county.

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