The Sonoma County Health Officer developed recommendations to assist local healthcare providers in resuming elective procedures that is based on California Department of Public Health’s “Resuming California’s Deferred and Preventive Health Care” guidance issued April 27, 2020.
Before scheduling elective procedures, healthcare providers should develop and implement COVID-19 elective procedure guidelines that address the considerations in the Health Officer’s guidance. All healthcare providers should also regularly review and amend their COVID-19 elective procedure guidelines to ensure reliability.
All healthcare providers must also comply with any applicable Federal, California, and local governmental regulations and guidance on COVID-19. This guidance for elective procedures does not address which facilities are allowed to operate under existing local or state shelter in place orders. Healthcare providers should seek additional guidance from federal, state, and local healthcare associations.