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Mass General doctor explains how hospital is postponing, per state order, non-urgent surgeries

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As of Monday, Massachusetts hospitals that are more than 85% full of patients must stop performing non-urgent surgeries that require overnight stays.

The Baker administration says the move will help hospitals cope with staffing shortages and the current COVID surge.

But defining what is and isn't urgent isn’t so easy. Joining us to explain how his hospital is making these decisions is Dr. Wilton Levine, medical director for operating rooms at Mass General.

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