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Madera Community Suspending ‘Non-Urgent’ Operations, Prodedures

MADERA — Madera Community Hospital officials announced Tuesday that “in response to the spread of coronavirus, and in order to support safe care, a safe environment and continual readiness,” the hospital is suspending “all non-urgent/non-emergent operative and invasive procedures” effective immediately.

“Suspending non-urgent/non-emergent operative and invasive procedures will help limit exposure risk to patients, staff and providers and will help conserve needed supplies,” stated a press release issued by the hospital Tuesday.

Hospital officials said “non-essential clinic visits will be suspended effective Monday (March 23) and some visits may be converted to non-traditional visits (e.g., telephone, video visits, e-visits) where available and appropriate.”

Other appointments will be rescheduled.

The hospital’s Rapid Care remains open for urgent care needs.

In addition, Madera Community Hospital implemented new visitor procedures beginning last Friday (March 20). The new “no-visitor” policy, with specific and limited exceptions, “is meant to ensure a safe environment for patients, staff and providers,” said the hospital statement.

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