New DOH Guidance on Elective Surgery Changes 3 Day COVID-19 Test Rule to 5 Days
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
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For Immediate Release
June 15, 2020
New DOH Guidance on Elective Surgery Changes 3 Day Covid-19
Test Rule to 5 Days
Statement Attributable to:
Bonnie Litvack, M.D.
President, Medical Society of the State of New York
“The updated ‘elective surgery’ guidance announced by the New York State Department of Health importantly changes from 3 days to 5 days the time frame prior to an elective surgery that a patient must have received a negative Covid-19 test. This change is essential because of the difficulty many physicians and patients were having with obtaining and receiving the results of a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of a planned elective surgery. This change should help many more patients to be able to obtain the surgical care and cancer testing (such as colonoscopies) they need.
“MSSNY thanks the NYSDOH and the Cuomo Administration for their efforts to provide this needed flexibility to assist patients in receiving necessary care that had been delayed due to the need to prioritize health care resources during the height of the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
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