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ECMC suspends elective surgeries, effective immediately

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Posted at 6:31 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 18:31:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) announced Thursday it is postponing all unnecessary surgery, effective immediately.

According to a news release issued by the hospital, "ECMC’s Operating Room Committee comprised of ECMC surgeons decided unanimously to suspend elective surgery to conserve Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), blood products, and other resources for a possible surge due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As what is occurring elsewhere in our community, around the state and across the country, we are simultaneously preparing to care for potential COVID-19 patients while maintaining our mission of caring for the sick and injured who need our services."