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Gov. Tim Walz orders Minnesota hospitals to postpone elective surgeries over coronavirus


March 20, 2020

David Joles – Star Tribune

Shoppers, many of whom were older than 60, wait for Lunds and Byerlys to open for an early morning shopping hour devoted to older shoppers and shoppers with health conditions Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Edina, MN.

Gov. Tim Walz has ordered hospitals to postpone elective surgeries because of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, a move that is designed to conserve resources as well as protect patients and caregivers.

Some health care systems, including the four largest in the state, have already begun pulling back on elective surgeries. Earlier this week, the Minnesota Hospital Association asked the governor to issue an order to make the practice standard across the state.


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