Mayo to defer elective care that can be postponed for 8 or more weeks

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Mayo Clinic made the decision to defer elective care after evaluating its facilities, personnel and supplies.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (WKBT) – The Mayo Clinic Health System plans to defer all elective care that can be delayed for eight or more weeks.

The postponements, beginning March 23, will include elective surgeries, procedures and office visits, while semi-urgent, urgent and emergency care will continue in clinic and hospital settings, according to Mayo, whose hospitals include Mayo-Franciscan in La Crosse and clinics throughout west-central Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota.

Mayo officials made the decision after evaluating the readiness of the national system’s facilities, personnel, capacity and supply availability and assessed community transmission within the regions it serves.

“This decision is being made to ensure the safest possible environment for our patients and staff and to free up resources to assist in Mayo Clinic’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Amy Williams, Mayo’s dean of the practice. “Staff working in impacted areas will be redeployed where needed most.

“We will be reaching out to patients to update them if changes to their appointments are needed,” Williams said.