East Tennessee hospitals slowly bring back elective surgeries

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — East Tennessee is slowly getting back to business, and hospitals are starting to bring back elective surgeries that were previously restricted under Governor Bill Lee’s executive order.

“Over the last several weeks, obviously we were focused primarily on stopping things; changing our processes and canceling and rescheduling procedures,” Mike Belbeck, the Executive Vice President of Operations for Covenant Health, said.

It was a move to free up beds for COVID-19 patients. A need Belbeck says East Tennessee fortunately never had.

“We never had a huge number of positive patients in the hospital or in the community.”

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