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States Respond to COVID-19: Postponing Surgeries, Workforce Challenges

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, some states have encouraged hospitals to once again postpone elective surgeries as they respond to the rising delta variant and struggle with hospital capacity. For example:

Southern states, including Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana, also are reporting low supply of oxygen as hospitalizations rise.

States Address Health Care Workforce Shortages

As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues, health care facilities are experiencing significant workforce shortages. Some states are taking action to combat these shortages:

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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