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Date: March 23, 2020
Source: State of Tennessee

MARCH 23, 2020


Governor Lee signed an executive order today prohibiting hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities from performing nonessential procedures. These decisions were made in accordance with the stated goals of federal and state governments, which are to protect patient health, preserve personal protective equipment and other healthcare resources, and limit patient and provider exposure to COVID-19.  A copy of the governor’s executive order is found using the "State of Tennessee" Link above. 



There are exceptions to this order, including: 


Medical procedures excluded from postponement include, but are not limited to, surgeries related to advanced cardiovascular disease (including coronary artery disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias) that would prolong life; oncological testing, treatment, and related procedures; pregnancy-related visits and procedures, including labor and delivery; organ transplantation; procedures related to dialysis; and emergency or trauma-related procedures where postponement would significantly impact the health, safety, and welfare of the patient.


Emergency procedures for patients with acute dental or oral needs may still be performed, including treatment for pain, swelling, trauma, or an abscess.We are drafting a sample letter you might use to send to your patients. It will be posted later on 3/23/2020 (around 10 pm EST).



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