25 March 2020 – Governor orders hospitals to postpone elective surgeries to conserve PPE supplies

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Guidance
Sectors Involved: Health, Private Sector
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations; Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: VA
Lead People/Agency: Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA

Overview: Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries – this order will preserve medical beds and personal protective equipment for COVID-19 response
Full details here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-855474-en.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Learning from other jurisdictions, Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA today directed all hospitals to stop performing elective surgeries or procedures to help conserve supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).