Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Mayo Clinic's response to the coronavirus pandemic now includes postponing all elective care.

A news release says, after the organization's careful evaluation of its readiness to address the continued spread of COVID-19 illness, the Mayo Clinic has decided to defer all elective care that can be deferred for a minimum of 8 weeks. The postponements, which will include elective surgeries, procedures, and office visits will begin on Monday at all Mayo Clinic locations in the United States, including the Mayo Clinic Health System. Semi-urgent, urgent, and emergency care will continue.

Mayo officials say the decision was made to free up resources to assist in the Mayo Clinic's response to the pandemic and to ensure the safest possible environment for patients and staff. The staff working in areas impacted by the postponed care will be redeployed to where they are needed the most.

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