The Central Ohio Trauma System announced on Thursday that, due to the increase in COVID cases, all adult hospitals in zone 2 are postponing non-essential surgeries.

“In the last few weeks, we have seen an unprecedented surge of new COVID-19 cases in central, southeast, and southeast central Ohio due to the more contagious Omicron variant,” a news release from the nonprofit said. “The resulting increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations has stretched our hospital resources to the maximum. Because of this, all of our adult hospitals in Zone 2 have mutually agreed to postpone nonessential surgical procedures requiring an overnight stay through Jan. 21, 2022.”

The release said that essential surgeries to prevent death, prevent permanent limb or organ injury, to prevent the progression of cancer and to prevent the progression to severe pain will continue as normally scheduled. Each hospital will develop a process to identify which cases will be postponed and to notify patients, but the result will be the same, more beds to care for our seriously ill and injured in our Central, Southeast, and Southeast Central Ohio region.

“Our hospitals remain committed to serving the healthcare needs of our communities as best we can during this unprecedented time,” it concluded.

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