Memorandum: “Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance for Elective Procedures.” Please share with you Medical Center leadership

Mar 16, 2020 | Optometry HQ Announcements

Attachment can be found by clicking here: 03152020 COVID-19 Elective Procedures

  1. In Veterans Health Administration, the safety of our Veterans and employees is our highest priority.  Effective immediately, VHA facilities will plan to cease non-urgent elective procedures no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  This action will reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and ICU use and will free up resources to address the increasing number of Veterans under evaluation and diagnosed with COVID-19.
  2. Facility leadership will determine how this is implemented, including appropriate communication with impacted Veterans.  It is important that urgent and emergent cases continue during this period.
  3. National Program offices may offer guidance on prioritizing procedures in high risk populations.  Additional information can be obtained from National Program office directors:
  • Mark Wilson, National Director of Surgery at
  • W.C. Yarbrough, National Director Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine at
  • Patricia E. Arola, Asst. Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry at
  • Jason Dominitz, National Director of Gastroenterology at