TRENTON, NJ — All elective surgeries are now on hold at all New Jersey medical facilities under an executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy that took effect on March 27.

Calling it part of “the state’s effort to preserve the capacity of the health care system to respond to COVID-19,” he suspended all elective surgeries and invasive procedures on adults.

The order applies to all medical and dental operations that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient, as determined by the patient’s physician or dentist. However, abortions will continue to be performed, with the governor stating an “explicit exemption for family planning and termination of pregnancies,” according to his March 23 press release on Executive Order 109.

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“The order provides that it shall not be interpreted in any way to limit access to family planning services, including termination of pregnancies,” the release read.

“Our new reality calls for aggressive action to reduce the burden on our health care system and protect our frontline medical responders,” Murphy said. “Given the dramatic shortfall in personal protective equipment we face, it’s imperative that we work with our partners in health care to strategically preserve supplies and equipment for emergency purposes only.”

For a copy of Executive Order 109, click here.

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