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Non-essential surgeries return as COVID-19 cases drop in Ohio

Hundreds of patients had surgeries put on hold
Cleveland Clinic
Posted at 6:13 PM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 19:03:10-05

CLEVELAND — COVID-19 cases are plummeting in Northeast Ohio after a record surge around the holidays.

RELATED: Daily COVID-19 cases have dropped almost 90% in less than 2 weeks in Ohio

Now, there's another sign the numbers are heading in the right direction. Non-essential surgeries are back on the calendar at the Cleveland Clinic.

“The Clinic is an anchor institution in the region and if you had COVID and you were in a hospital that didn’t have the means to take care of you, we kept our doors open for those patients, which unfortunately crowded out others who also needed our care,” said Dr. Brendan M. Patterson, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Hundreds of surgeries were postponed at the Cleveland Clinic in December because of the spike in cases.

Amy Wells was one of the patients whose surgery had to be rescheduled. She is relieved and looking forward to the surgery to relieve her pain.

“My life, I feel like, has all been on hold," she said. "I’ve been patient with it. I mean you roll with the punches, that’s all you can do."

Ohio’s daily COVID-19 daily case count has been under 10,000 for nearly three weeks.

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