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Norton Healthcare, Jewish Hospital delay, cancel surgeries due to water main break

Norton Healthcare and Jewish Hospital, both located in Louisville, Ky., delayed or canceled surgeries after a water main break Tuesday morning lowered water pressure at the facilities, the Courier Journal reports.

Norton Healthcare spokesperson Joe Hall told the publication the "break caused low water pressure at Norton Healthcare's downtown properties. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our patients, we have delayed elective surgeries." He added patients were drinking bottled water and using hand sanitizer following hand washing as of Tuesday.

In addition, Jewish Hospital canceled elective surgeries on Tuesday. However, "emergency procedures are continuing and water has been distributed throughout the hospital for both sanitizing hands and drinking," spokesperson David McArthur told the Courier Journal.

Water pressure was increasing slowly Tuesday, and Norton Healthcare was awaiting notification on anticipated repairs and fixes, Mr. Hall added.

This story is ongoing. More information will be added as it becomes available. 

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