Governor John Bel Edwards is moving forward with allowing some medical offices to open, under strict guidelines.
“We believe we need to allow people to resume to go to the doctor for things that may not be an emergency.”
According to the upcoming order, non-emergency medical personnel must equip their offices with PPE’s and tools recommended by the CDC.
“Each is going to have to have a plan in place that monitors for Covid 19 symptoms. Uh, to test if possible uh the individuals coming in, to ensure adequate physical distancing between patients they’re going to have to have a minimum of five day supply of PPE available to them and then they’ll have to follow additional guidance that will be outlined in the order” said Gov. Edwards during Monday’s media briefing at GOHSEP.
Under the guidelines, medical procedures will only be performed under three conditions.
“One is to treat an emergency medical condition. another is to avoid further harms from an underlying condition or disease and thirdly for time sensitive conditions.”
Dr. Jimmy Guidry, State Health Officer with LDH said, some procedures have been delayed for 30 days and if not treated, could have a long-term effect.
“Thyroid surgery, that could be heart surgery, all those things that we delayed now for 30 days. If the patients’ condition is getting worse, we need to get them in and get the procedure done” said Guidry.
As the state works to meet the threshold required to reopen phase one. Gov. Edwards said, procedures like Botox and other cosmetics will remain on hold.
“Where they come in and when that’s going to happen, I just can’t tell you that today.”