Mayo no longer requiring routine COVID-19 testing prior to surgeries and procedures beginning Sept. 12

(ABC 6 News) – Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Mayo Clinic Health System locations will be ending COVID-19 testing prior to surgeries and procedures.

In a released statement to ABC 6 News, Mayo Clinic says;

“Beginning Monday, September 12, patients will no longer be required to have routine COVID-19 testing before surgeries and procedures, including aerosol-generating procedures.

Patients will still continue to be screened for symptoms prior to surgery. This is change is possible now because of the reduced risk of severe COVID-19 disease, staff and patient vaccinations, effective treatment options, and the low positivity rate seen in pre-surgical and pre-procedural COVID-19 testing”

Mayo Clinic also stated they continue to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters to prevent serious illness.