Objective We compared characteristics of patients admitted to a northern Israeli hospital with common surgical complaints during three periods: the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and a regular period.Background During March and April 2020, reductions in non-COVID-19 hospital admissions were observed around the world. Elective surgeries, visits with general practitioners, and diagnoses of medical emergencies MESHD were consequently delayed.Methods Demographic, medical, laboratory, imaging, intraoperative, and pathological data were collected from electronic medical files of patients who received emergency MESHD treatment at the surgery department of a single hospital in northern Israel. We compared characteristics of patients who were admitted with various conditions during three periods.Results Patients’ mean age TRANS and most of the clinical parameters assessed were similar between the periods. However, pain MESHD pain HP was reportedly higher during the COVID-19 than the control period (8.7 vs. 6.4 on a 10-point visual analog scale, P < 0.0001). During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Second Lebanon War, and the regular period, the mean numbers of patients admitted daily were 1.4, 4.4, and 3.0, respectively. The respective mean times from the onset of symptoms TRANS until admission were 3, 1, and 1.5 days, P < 0.001. The respective proportions of surgical interventions for appendiceal disease MESHD were 95%, 96%, and 69%; P = 0.03.Conclusion Compared to a routine period, patients during the COVID-19 outbreak waited longer before turning to hospitalization, and reported more pain MESHD pain HP at arrival. Patients during both emergency MESHD periods were more often treated surgically than non-operatively.