Gov. Whitmer Passes Order To Restrict Non-Essential Medical, Dental Procedures

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-17 in the State of Michigan. This order prevents non-essential medical and dental procedures starting on March 21, 2020. Executive Order 2020-17 states that hospitals, freestanding surgical outpatient facilities, and dental facilities, and all state-operated outpatient facilities, must implement a plan to temporarily postpone all non-essential procedures until the termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

“My number one priority remains to flatten the curve and protect the most people we can from the spread of coronavirus,” said Governor Whitmer. “Our health care workers are on the front lines every day, protecting Michiganders during these extraordinary and difficult times. By postponing all non-essential medical and dental procedures, we expect to reduce the strain on the health care system and protect people. My administration will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of the disease and ensure our children, families, and businesses have the support they need during these challenging times.”

“By putting this order into place, we will be able to reduce the strain on our healthcare community,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “Healthcare professionals are working around the clock to help protect and treat Michiganders, and by temporarily postponing non-essential procedures, this will free up staff and critical resources that will be needed to address the ongoing public health emergency that we are facing.”

Facilities covered by this order must delay procedures such as joint replacement, bariatric surgery, and cosmetic surgery, except for emergency or trauma-related surgeries the health, safety, and welfare of a patient is in jeopardy. Also, dentist facilities that remain open must postpone surgeries such as veneers, teeth bleaching, or cosmetic bonding, along with postponement emergency or trauma-related procedures where postponement would significantly impact the health, safety, and welfare of the patient.

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  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

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