Inslee extends non-emergency procedures

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has extended his proclamation halting most non-emergency surgeries and dental procedures. First issued on Feb. 29, concerns about the pandemic prompted Inslee to issue the requirements due to the spread of COVID-19 as well as a shortage of personal protective equipment.

Inslee said those situations still exist, requiring the order to remain in effect. He ordered the prohibition of all healthcare, dental, and dental specialty facilities from performing non-urgent health care and dental services, procedures, and surgeries “unless they act in good faith and with reasonable clinical judgement to meet and follow certain established procedures that are listed in the order.

There are exceptions to the prohibition. Procedures may be held if the delay could result in more complex future surgery or would result in a less positive ultimate outcome. They may also be utilized if health officials  Also the full suite of family planning services and procedures are not considered non-urgent.

The extension of the proclamation went into effect at 12:01 a.m. this morning (Thursday) and will remain in effect until Inslee cancels the State of Emergency Proclamation issued on Feb. 29.