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TidalHealth Peninsula Regional: Elective surgeries on hold

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With the spike of COVID-19 cases in the Delmarva region as a result of the Delta Variant, TidalHealth Peninsula Regional has officially temporarily suspended elective, non-emergency surgeries.

The policy change released Thursday, Sept. 9, affects only elective, non-emergency surgeries that require an overnight stay, and will last only for at least a two-week period starting Monday, Sept. 13. At that point, TidalHealth will review the policy.

TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury is the only TidalHeath facility enacting such a change now.

“What’s clearly happening is that unvaccinated people are getting COVID at an unprecedented rate, and are getting sick and requiring hospitalization. This preventable stress on our already stressed health care system contributes to delays,” said Steve Leonard, TidalHealth CEO.

Leonard added such delays affect those seeking care in the emergency room for a variety of non-COVID emergencies.

Behind the numbers

Mark Edney, MD, president of the Medical Staff at TidalHealth, noted hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been delivered worldwide with only a very small number of adverse reactions, which is witnessed with any vaccine deployment.

A syringe in filled with a dose for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center Friday, March 19, 2021, in Salisbury, Maryland.

“There remains a reluctance in the region to vaccination with Wicomico County at 45%, Worcester County at 66% and Sussex County at 56% (still unvaccinated),” Edney said. “Widespread misinformation and unfounded concerns not supported by the evidence are key reasons for the low vaccination rates.”

According to the latest data by the Maryland Department of Health: Wicomico currently has 9,283 cases with 189 deaths, Worcester has 4,359 cases with 109 deaths and Somerset has 2,868 cases with 45 deaths.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service