PHOENIX — In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Doug Ducey announced that elective surgeries will resume in Arizona on May 1.
Ducey said he based his decision on the fact Arizona hospitals are reporting increased availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and bed capacity.
The governor said his order will apply to hospitals and surgical centers who can demonstrate adequate capacity.
BREAKING: elective surgeries to begin May 1st in Arizona.— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) April 22, 2020
This is for hospitals and outpatient surgical centers who can demonstrate adequate capacity. @abc15 #abc15 #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/hoBB93aVnX
“Hospitals around the state have stepped up to provide additional protections for their staff and patients and increased bed capacity to prepare for a possible COVID-19 surge,” said Governor Ducey. “Because of these preparations, and the responsible actions of Arizonans across our state, data shows our health system continues to remain ahead of the curve. Today’s order continues to prioritize public health while improving access to care for Arizonans and the overall viability of our health care system."
Elective surgeries were put on hold in March as part of an executive order designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Doug Ducey held a press conference last week where he announced more on the testing front, and antibody testing for healthcare workers.
The governor's executive order for his stay-at home order is set to expire in eight days, on April 30.
A spokesperson with the governor got back to ABC15 by email, "on the economy, as we approach April 30, we’re considering three options when it comes to the governor’s executive order: We can let the order expire. We can extend it as is. Or we can extend it with changes and modifications that reflect Arizona’s improving situation on the ground. The decision will be based on the data over the next week as well as the guidance and recommendations of public health officials."
Ducey said Arizona's stay-at-home order is still in effect.