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OSU Wexner Medical Center Postponing Elective Surgeries, Procedures Beginning January 3

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center on March 30, 2020.
David Holm

In a statement released on Friday, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announced it will be postponing non-emergent, elective surgeries that require an overnight stay beginning January 3, 2021, citing an increase in patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

The statement reads in part, "There is a significant increase in patients needing hospitalization in central Ohio. The number of COVID-19 inpatients has reached a peak not seen since January 2021 and it’s straining the region’s hospital systems. We are also seeing high numbers of non-COVID patients who are sicker than typical."

The hospital said that between now and January 3, no new cases meeting this non-emergent, elective definition will be scheduled, but no cases will be postponed.

In March of 2020, the medical center began postponing elective surgeries and procedures at all of its hospitals and outpatient procedure facilities and resumed those surgeries and procedures in late April of 2020.