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Busy Massachusetts hospitals will cut electoral procedures from Monday.

Massachusetts hospitals will cut back on non-urgent scheduled procedures starting Monday due to staff shortages and longer hospital stays, according to state health officials.

The number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts has been on the rise for several weeks, but the number of hospital admissions has grown at a slower pace. The authorities said the pressure on hospitals is related to other fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The staff shortage, mostly caused by the pandemic, has resulted in the loss of approximately 500 medical, surgical and hospital beds in Massachusetts, according to the state. Hospitals are seeing an influx of patients seeking more comprehensive treatment for health problems because they postponed doctor visits when the number of Covid cases was higher.

The order, issued on Tuesday, applies to hospitals with fewer than 15 percent of beds and only applies to procedures that are planned ahead of time and can be delayed without negatively affecting patients’ health. This does not apply to urgent and important procedures.

Authorities said the order will help prepare for the annual increase in hospitalizations typically seen after Thanksgiving and through January.

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Marylou Sadders, the state’s health and human services secretary, said Tuesday: “Massachusetts’ Covid hospitalizations remain lower than almost any other state in the country, but the challenges facing the health care system remain and this order will ensure hospitals can serve all residents, including those who need treatment for Covid-19. “

In Massachusetts, the number of new cases rose from an average of 1,300 earlier this month to more than 2,800, according to the New York Times, and hospital admissions are up 47 percent in the past 14 days. As of Wednesday morning, 740 people were hospitalized due to Covid-19, according to the Massachusetts Department of Health.

State officials worked with the Massachusetts Health and Hospitals Association to develop the guidelines. Dr. Eric Dixon, chairman of the board of the association and president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health, said in a statement: “While we recognize that delaying certain pre-planned surgeries can create significant difficulties for patients, we believe this is a necessary step. to ensure that all Commonwealth hospitals can continue to meet the needs of patients in urgent need. “

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