New Order Postpones Elective Surgeries in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Governor Mike DeWine's latest order to prepare for a surge in coronavirus cases is to have hospitals postpone elective surgeries until further notice.

The order takes effect Wednesday. On Tuesday, health officials joined DeWine to say that the postponements will free up resources and hospital beds for coronavirus patients.

Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, says the move is also part of the effort to keep first responders safe, like firefighters, doctors, and nurses.

As of Tuesday, Ohio reported 67 cases of coronavirus, including four in Franklin County.

Columbus's 2nd case of coronavirus, reported on Tuesday, was the result of community spread.