BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Medical and dental providers are cleaning facilities and scheduling appointments, in the wake of Louisiana’s order to let certain procedures resume April 27.
The nine-page order allows for emergency or “time-sensitive” surgeries and other procedures, at a doctor’s discretion.
“Anything that would make [a patient’s] condition worse by waiting longer is what we’re opening up,” state health officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry said.
Guidry worries people with heart conditions and certain cancer symptoms aren’t seeking the help they need — for fear of catching the coronavirus at a medical facility. He hopes the governor’s new order will ease their concerns.
The order states medical providers must have at least a five-day supply of protective equipment on hand. Many waiting rooms, in addition, will be spread out.
Doctors and dentists will have to reach back out to patients within 10 to 14 days after their procedures. The goal is to ask patients if they’re feeling coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive since their appointments. If they do, the health or dental provider is advised to call the Louisiana Department of Health.