NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana officials say a warden and a medical director at a state prison have died.

Warden Sandy McCain and medical director Dr. Casey McVea both worked at the Raymond Laborde Correctional Center in Avoyelles Parish. The state says McVea died over the weekend and McCain died Monday. Earlier Monday state officials announced they will lift restrictions on some elective surgeries and other nonemergency medical procedures on April 27.

According to a press conference from the Office of the Governor,

"The revised guidance, which goes into effect April 27, states medical and surgical procedures shall only be performed under the following conditions:

  • in order to treat an emergency medical condition;
  • to avoid further harms from an underlying condition or disease;
  • and for time sensitive conditions.

Additionally, the order states dental visits, procedures and surgeries shall only be performed under the following conditions:

  • in order to treat an emergency medical condition;
  • to avoid further harms from an underlying condition or disease;
  • and for time sensitive dental conditions.

Before facilities perform any procedure, each much have a plan in place to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms or test if possible; to ensure adequate physical distance between patients; must have a five-day minimum supply of PPE available; and must follow additional guidance outlined in the order."

Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the state health officer said Monday that any procedure that can be postponed without putting the patient at risk should still be delayed.

(Story written by KEVIN McGILL and MELINDA DESLATTE/AP)

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