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Cleveland Clinic adjusting operations due to COVID surge

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Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital says that due to the surge COVID-19 hospitalizations, they plan to began reducing their outpatient services.

The hospital released a statement on Monday stating that they will divert 50% of it’s outpatient services to better focus on “inpatient needs.”

“The COVID-19 surge we have been navigating since the beginning of July continues to provide challenges related to occupancy and staffing,” said Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital President Greg Rosencrance, MD. “We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our operations accordingly. We encourage our community to take all steps necessary to protect themselves, including getting vaccinated, wearing a mask in public locations, observing social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.”

The adjustments to their operations is set to begin on Tuesday and will remain in place until further notice.

Hospital staff are currently in the process of notifying patients of the changes and postponing their appointments.

The hospital was also said to have postponed many non-emergent surgeries and procedures late last month due to COVID.

The primary care office and the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center will not affected by the change.