On March 23, 2020, the state of Utah issued a state public health order
to preserve masks, gloves and other protective equipment for medical professionals
assisting in the fight against COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health
has announced restrictions on medical, dental, and veterinary procedures
that are non-urgent.
“I genuinely appreciate the willingness of Utah’s major healthcare
systems, and many individual doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and other
health providers, to act proactively to help us preserve the masks, gowns,
gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be necessary
in the coming days and weeks to protect our front-line doctors, nurses
and other health workers and ensure they stay healthy and able to care
for patients,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said.
“I also appreciate the patience of Utahns who were planning procedures
that will now be delayed,” the governor added. “Although the
term ‘elective’ indicates something that is non-essential,
I realize this will still be an inconvenience, and for that I am sorry.
As we look at the experiences of other states and regions of the world,
it’s clear that those who are proactive in securing a supply of
PPE are far better equipped when they see a surge of COVID-19 patients
being admitted to hospitals.”
“Postponing non-essential procedures is a crucial step to help our
health systems preserve PPE, and other resources that are crucial in our
efforts to treat patients with coronavirus,” said Dr. Joseph Miner,
executive director of the Utah Department of Health.
According to guidance by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Service, examples of elective procedures include colonoscopies, cataracts,
endoscopies, and other procedures that can be delayed without endangering patients.
This order is effective March 25 through April 25, 2020. You can view the