Rochester Regional pausing certain procedures for at least 2 weeks

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Regional Health is postponing all non-essential elective inpatient, 23 hour and same-day elective hospital surgeries and procedures for at least two weeks at Rochester General Hospital and Unity Hospital starting Thursday.

The measure is due to the New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) guidance for pausing elective surgery at “limited capacity” hospitals that was released on Friday.

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital is not on the DOH’s “impacted facility” list but Rochester Regional says it is proactively suspending inpatient elective surgeries there this week.

This comes just one day after Wayne County declared a state of emergency over its COVID-19 positivity rate and hospitalizations.

Rochester Regional said at this time, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic and United Memorial Medical Center office-based procedures and ambulatory surgery centers are not impacted.

It says it hopes to resume inpatient surgeries at Rochester General and Unity as soon as it’s possible.