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Gov. Cuomo says elective surgeries can resume in NYC

#Gov. Cuomo says elective surgeries can resume in NYC

June 8, 2020 | 1:10pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that elective surgeries can resume again in New York City.

Elective surgeries had been on hold since then end of March because of the coronavirus. Healthcare resources were instead focused on victims of the deadly contagion at its height.

Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider, told The Post last week that it had postponed 19,000 surgeries because of the virus.

The Long Island-based hospital system began resuming its elective surgeries last week, a rep wrote in an e-mail. Long Island has been ahead of the city in terms of reopening.

“We have resumed elective surgeries last week,” the spokesman said.

“In early May, we resumed so-called ‘urgent surgeries’ — such as cancer procedures and other surgeries that, if postponed more than 2-3 months, could result in long-term negative health implications for patients.

“In total, we postponed more than 19,000 surgeries as a result of the pandemic, so [we] have prioritized those that are more urgent while also trying to schedule elective procedures. [It] will probably take until mid-summer before we get to all of them.”

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