RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A health system serving a swath of the central Appalachian mountains says it will halt nonemergency elective procedures due to surging cases of COVID-19 and capacity concerns at its Virginia and Tennessee hospitals.
Ballad Health officials announced the change Wednesday at a news conference. It will take effect Monday and last for at least 30 days.
Ballad CEO Alan Levine also announced that the system has one refrigerated morgue truck at a Tennessee hospital and has ordered a second one for a different hospital.
Ballad has been pleading with community members for months to follow basic public health measure to stop the spread of the virus.
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