COVID-19 surge impacts EBCH’S elective surgery schedule

November 22, 2022

Due to a recent COVID-19 surge, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) is temporarily changing its model for surgical procedures: Scheduling for elective procedures is currently on hold through early December. Medically necessary surgeries will continue to be scheduled and move forward as needed.

Many critical access hospitals (CAHs) are moving to a similar model because of the current increase in COVID-19 cases in the area, and across the state and the nation.

"We are monitoring the pandemic closely," said EBCH Chief Nursing Officer Colin Yahnke. "We want to make responsible decisions and ensure that we have enough staff available to care for our patients. We expect these changes to be short-term."

To find the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites.