ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Starting Monday, the Anne Arundel Medical Center is delaying elective surgeries that require overnight hospital stays due to an increase in COVID-19 patients and emergency room visits, operator Luminis Health announced last week.

“Our priority is caring for our community; this will allow us to provide care to those with the most urgent needs, while maintaining the health of the rest of our patients,” Luminis Health wrote in a Facebook post.

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The group said staff would call anyone whose procedure is impacted by the decision.

Anne Arundel County reported 130 new cases and a positivity rate of 5.25% on Sept. 10. As of Friday, 55 residents in the county are hospitalized with COVID-19, according to county data. There have been 48,289 confirmed cases and 681 deaths in the county during the course of the pandemic.

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In its post, Luminis Health encouraged residents to get vaccinated.

“If you are unvaccinated, the science is clear – COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective,” the group said. “Our Community Health Team is hosting vaccine clinics this month.”

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A list of the clinics can be found here.

CBS Baltimore Staff