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COVID-19 Healthcare Procedures & Hospitals
Protecting Against COVID-19
Because Ohioans have stayed home and practiced social distancing, we have slowed the spread of the virus and flattened the curve.
On April 27, 2020 Governor DeWine announced the next steps for restarting Ohio’s healthcare system to include the restarting of healthcare procedures and reopening of hospitals and outpatient facilities, dentist offices, and veterinary clinics. On March 17, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, issued an order for the postponement of non-essential medical procedures. On May 1, a new order took effect to include the following to ensure that Ohioans are getting their healthcare needs met:
- All healthcare procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a hospital may move forward.
- This includes regular doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, outpatient surgeries, diagnostic testing and imaging, dental procedures, and veterinary visits.
- Anything that requires hands-on care in a doctor, dentist, or veterinary office that does not require an overnight stay, may move forward.
- Telehealth services should continue to be utilized if possible.
- Prioritization should be given to those who have delayed needed procedures or those with new diagnoses.
- Procedures that were allowed in the March 17 order will continue.
- A threat to the patient’s life if the surgery or procedure is delayed.
- A threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system if delayed.
- The risk of metastasis or progression if staging is delayed.
- The presence of severe symptoms causing an inability to perform activities of daily living.
- The risk of rapidly worsening symptoms if delayed.
- All healthcare providers and facilities who resume these services must demonstrate that they are committed to patient and staff safety by adhering to infection control practices, by having a sufficient inventory of personal protection equipment, and by having the ability to test patients and/or staff according to testing recommendations defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or ODH.
Updated May 1, 2020.
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.
- Stay home
- Practice Social Distancing
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
- Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
- Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
- Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
- Call before visiting your doctor
- Practice good hygiene habits
If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
CLEAN ALL "HIGH-TOUCH" SURFACES EVERY DAY
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.