Amended guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health directs hospitals and healthcare facilities to test patients for COVID-19 five days prior to an elective surgery.
A New York State Department of Health advisory says it is critical for medical providers to continue delivering services, specifically routine preventive and follow-up care, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When resuming elective outpatient surgeries and non-urgent procedures, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery practices and diagnostic and treatment centers must follow guidance issued by NYSDOH.
Immunity Protection in Executive Order 202.10 is No Longer Needed, Enacted Public Health Law Provides Broader Immunity
Under the newly enacted Article 30-D of New York Public Health Law, physicians are granted broader immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic.