Oregon gov. says non-urgent medical procedures may resume on May 1

Kate Brown

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday she will lift her order delaying non-urgent medical procedures, if health care providers can demonstrate they have met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness.

Hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices, and dental offices that meet those requirements will be able to resume non-urgent procedures on May 1, Brown said in a statement.

“As anyone waiting for an elective surgery knows, ‘non-urgent’ does not mean ‘minor,’” Brown said. “This is incredibly important medical care that we would not have told providers to delay if the threat of COVID-19 had not made it necessary.

The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday reported 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to nearly 2,060.

The agency for the first time in several weeks reported no new deaths in their daily report. At least 78 people have died from the coronavirus in the state.

More than 41,000 Oregonians have been tested for the illness since the state confirmed its first case on Feb. 28, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. The Trump administration this week said that Oregon is one of four states with the lowest testing capacity rates in the United States, testing fewer than 30 in 1,000 people a month.