ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, Mayo Clinic announced it will defer all elective care that can be deferred for eight or more weeks.
Mayo Clinic said the deferment will be effective March 23 at all Mayo Clinic locations across the nation, including Mayo Clinic Health System.
According to a news release from Mayo Clinic, this decision includes elective surgeries, procedures and office visits.
Mayo Clinic said semi-urgent, urgent and emergency care will continue.
"This decision is being made to ensure the safest possible environment for our patients and staff and to free up resources to assist in Mayo Clinic’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff working in impacted areas will be redeployed where needed most," Mayo Clinic said.
Mayo Clinic said it will be reaching out to patients to update them if their appointments need to be changed.