State COVID-19 Statement Summaries

State Guidance on Elective Surgeries

Many states have issued mandates, guidance, or action prohibiting or restricting elective and non-emergency medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic to control the spread of COVID-19 and conserve Personal Protective Equipment. For members in a state in which the return to elective surgery is pending, AACS has released a Statement on the Return of Elective Surgery and Treatment. Below is a list of all states who have implemented such restrictions, a summary of their guidance, and any updates or recent action. We will keep this page accurate with regular updates.

In an effort to keep members up to date on all news, government action, and medical resources, AACS has created a COVID-19 resource page that will be updated regularly with timely, accurate information we believe will be of importance to our members.

List of state guidance on elective surgeries and services during the COVID-19 national emergency:

Last Updated: May 1, 2020

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Guidance on Elective Surgeries
Recent Action
Effective March 19, all elective, non-emergency procedures are postponed.
Effective April 30, dental, medical, or surgical procedures may continue unless the State Health Officer determines performing such procedures would reduce access to PPE.
Effective March 19, all elective, non-emergency procedures are postponed.
On April 15, the state issued Health Mandate 015, which allows for the resumption of health care services contingent upon certain safety standards being met, and provides that non-urgent or elective services that cannot be delayed beyond eight weeks without posing a significant risk to quality of life may resume May 4.
All elective surgeries were delayed effective March 21 to conserve personal protective equipment.
On April 22, Governor Ducey issued an executive order for hospitals, dental offices, and other health facilities that meet certain preparedness criteria can resume conducting elective surgeries on May 1.
As of April 27, the Arkansas Department of Health has developed requirements for the resumption of limited elective procedures. The requirements include only doing procedures that don't require an overnight stay, ensuring that the institution has an adequate supply of PPE, and testing patients for COVID-19.
On March 18, California announced a ban on elective surgery. 
On April 22, Governor Gavin Newsome announced elective surgeries may resume, however purely cosmetic procedures are still temporarily banned. 
Effective April 27, voluntary or elective medical, dental, and veterinary surgeries and procedures may resume if facilities are following required safety protocols.
As of May 4, elective procedures may proceed in Florida. Medical centers must maintain adequate bed capacity and personal protective equipment, have the capacity to immediately convert beds should there be a surge in COVID-19 cases, and must assist nursing homes and long-term care facilities in protecting people who may be vulnerable.
On April 20, Governor Kemp declared that all medical practices, dental practices, physicians performing elective surgeries, healthcare institutions, etc. should begin treating patients as soon as practicable in accordance with CDC and CMS guidelines.
Effective March 17, all elective and non-essential surgery procedures are prohibited.
On April 23, Governor Pritzker announced elective surgeries may resume with conditions May 1. 
Effective April 1, all elective and non-essential surgeries must be cancelled or postponed.
On April 20, Governor Holcomb announced elective surgeries may resume April 27. 
As of April 24, healthcare organizations can begin performing some elective surgeries and procedures if they meet certain requirements, including reserving at least 30% of intensive care unit beds and 30% of medical/surgical beds for COVID-19 patients.
Effective March 30, all elective and non-urgent procedures are prohibited.
On April 23, Governor Beshar announced a gradual reopening where healthcare practitioners can resume some non-urgent/emergent health care services.
Effective March 19, all elective surgery procedures are prohibited until April 30.
As of April 27, the Louisiana Department of Health issued a revised order for medical and surgical procedures. Previously, surgeries were only allowed for emergency medical conditions. They can now also be performed to avoid further harm from an underlying condition or disease and for time sensitive conditions.
On March 15, Governor Janet Mills recommended postponing non-urgent, elective surgeries until further notice.
Effective March 24, all elective, non-urgent medical procedures are prohibited.

Effective March 18, all hospitals must postpone elective surgeries until the State of Emergency is terminated by the Governor.
Effective March 21, all covered facilities must postpone elective, non-essential procedures until the termination of the State of Emergency.
Effective March 23, all elective, non-essential surgeries are postponed indefinitely.
On April 30, the Minnesota Department of Health released draft guidance on the resumption of elective medical procedures for comment.
Effective April 10, all elective and non-essential procedures are postponed until April 27.
Effective April 3, all elective, non-essential medical procedures are prohibited.
Governor Ricketts announced elective surgery may resume May 4. 
Effective March 27, all elective surgeries, medical or dental, are suspended.
Effective March 27, all elective, non-essential surgeries are prohibited.
Effective March 23, all elective, non-essential surgeries are canceled.
On April 21, Governor Cuomo announced elective surgeries may resume in areas without large COVID-19 outbreaks, effective April 28.
Effective March 23, all elective, non-essential surgeries are suspended.
Effective March 18, all non-essential or elective surgery procedures utilizing personal protective equipment are prohibited.
On April 22, Governor DeWine announced elective surgeries may resume. 
Effective March 24, all non-essential, elective surgery procedures are postponed.
On April 15, Governor Stitt issued an amended executive order, extending the state’s “Safer at Home” order to May 6 and allowing elective surgeries to resume in the state starting on April 24.
Effective March 18, all elective, non-essential procedures are prohibited.
On April 23, Governor Brown announced that elective surgeries will resume in the state on May 1.
As of April 27, hospitals can begin doing elective procedures again as long as they follow certain guidelines.
All Rhode Island dental professionals are requested to follow the ADA recommendation that all dental providers nationwide postpone elective procedures for three weeks, effective March 17, 2020.
Effective March 23, all elective surgeries are postponed until May 31.
Effective March 23, all elective, non-essential surgical procedures are prohibited until April 30.
Effective March 24, all non-essential, elective surgeries are postponed, however, as of April 21, there are exemptions from the prohibition.
As of April 21, facilities can perform procedures if they can do so without depleting hospital capacity of personal protective equipment supply needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 21, the Utah Department of Health updated its March 23 order suspending elective procedures to allow for the resumption of some elective procedures pursuant to guidelines established in consultation with the Utah Hospital Association, the Utah Medical Association, the Utah Dental Association, and other medical providers.
Effective March 20, all non-essential elective surgeries are postponed until May 15.
As of May 1, the ban on elective procedures has been lifted and additional safety measures put in place.
Effective March 19, non-essential, non-emergency procedures are postponed.
On April 29, Governor Inslee announced new guidance that gives healthcare providers more leeway to resume some non-urgent medical procedures that he had halted.
Starting April 28, healthcare providers that have applied to the state's Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification and received approval may resume elective surgeries.