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Ohio’s Response to COVID-19

Ohio officials are developing strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns and uncertainties it brings, but they cannot flatten the curve on their own. Every Ohioan has a part to play in helping to save lives. For many, this will mean staying at home. For others, it will mean taking care of the most vulnerable among us or providing healthcare, food, education, information, or the things we need to stay safe at home.

We are all in this together, Ohio.

If you are interested in helping your fellow Ohioans, please email together@governor.ohio.gov with the following:

  • Name.
  • Contact information.
  • How you are interested in helping.

Another way to help is to support local businesses. Visit Support Local Ohio at https://ohio.org/supportlocalohio/ to find links to local restaurants and retailers you can support by ordering delivery or carryout, making online purchases, or buying gift cards.

For information on ways officials have addressed the pandemic, visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/public-health-orders/public-health-orders.

For additional information on financial resources being made available through state or federal programs, visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/Resources-for-Economic-Support/econ.

Top Personal Protective Equipment Needed:

Top Personal Protective Equipment Needed:

  1. Surgical gowns (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
  2. Face/surgical masks (adult, pediatric)
  3. Gloves (nitrile, vinyl or butyl)
  4. N-95 particulate respirators
  5. Isolation gowns
  6. Face shields
  7. Tyvek coveralls
  8. Thermometers
  9. Foot coverings
  10. Ventilator tubing

PPE Specification Resources

Surgical apparel Product Classification

Surgical Masks - Premarket Notification [510(k)] Submissions: Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff, Issued March 2004

Standard Application for the Approval of Respirators​

Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff about ventilators and accessories

Estimated PPE Needed per ICU Patient Infographic

Estimated PPE Needed per ICU Patient Infographic

Estimated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed per ICU patient using conservation per 24 hour shift:

Gloves: 36
Goggles: 3 (Reusable)
N-95 Face Masks: 13

Total: 66 PPE needed every 24 hours to care for one patient in ICU.

Anesthesia Ventilator Mobilization

Ohio Emergency Anesthesia Ventilator Mobilization Plan

“No person should be beyond help while anesthesia ventilators sit idle”

  • Ohio’s conventional supply of ventilators may prove inadequate during the upcoming COVID-19 crisis, perhaps even with the addition of ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile. In other parts of the world we have witnessed the exhaustion of available ventilators. This is the result of a sudden and insurmountable burden of COVID-19 patients, leaving doctors to ration ventilators by triage, and leaving the unfortunate without hope. Current plans for a supply of this equipment extend not much beyond the resources of the individual healthcare systems that will be expected to care for large numbers of COVID-19 patients. These plans do include the utilization of anesthesia ventilators that are already present within their own systems but likely not much more. Ohio has a large number, hundreds, of anesthesia ventilators that will either be totally idle or underutilized during the coming months. These machines are located within ambulatory surgery centers and smaller hospital operating rooms across the state. While necessary surgeries certainly must continue in some of these locations, many facilities will be severely curtailed or effectively shuttered due to the restriction on elective procedures.
  • An anesthesia machine includes all the essential equipment contained in a basic intensive care unit room – monitors, suction and a ventilator. Most standard hospital rooms may be upgraded to ICU status by utilizing one of these. This efficient unit is portable, allowing ICU care to be delivered at virtually any location, including large scale temporary facilities, where electric lines and piping for oxygen and suction can be installed.
  • In order to successfully utilize these devices as a second line to conventional ventilators during an overwhelming COVID-19 patient surge, Ohio must have a plan in place which allows for the location, identification, delivery and installation of these machines in a rapid and coordinated fashion. This may only be accomplished in this short time period by, or with extensive help from, an organization with the resources of the state. Ohio is the first state to consider harnessing the lifesaving strength of its entire ventilator resources for the benefit of its citizens and we may yet help other states to plan to use their untapped ventilator reserves in the event of an overwhelming patient crisis.

William Glenn MD
President, Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists
ASA Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness

Some examples of Ohioans stepping up

  • Dozens of schools that provide career-tech education have donated thousands of items, from cleaning supplies to masks to gowns. School nurses are collecting and donating similar items from schools where they serve.
  • Colleges and universities have donated supplies from healthcare-related programs.
  • People working in other industries, including construction, are donating protection supplies that can be used in the healthcare field.
  • Businesses, churches, and other non-profits and organizations are offering space, supplies, and services, including hotel rooms, catering, cleaning and disinfecting, production capabilities, storage, shipping, and technology products.
  • The United Way of Central Ohio COVID-19 Community Response Fund is helping to shore up food pantries, emergency relief programs, and other community resources.
  • Members serving in the Ohio National Guard are helping to distribute food and supplies from banks and similar organizations.
  • Businesses are helping elected officials explore new ways to help workers and the economy.
  • Businesses that can afford it are keeping people employed and rewarding essential workers with extra pay and perks.
  • Restaurants are implementing new delivery options or cutting delivery fees.
  • Workplaces are keeping sites clean, screening workers for COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive, and using creative ways to keep people 6 feet apart, as is advised as a way to decrease the spread of COVID-19.
  • Hospitals are collaborating to preserve essential supplies, advise public health, and find new ways to care for patients and keep them safe, such outdoor testing sites.
  • Internet service providers and other utilities are refraining from terminating services, waiving late payment fees, and offering new ways for people to connect.
  • Healthcare providers and their patients have postponed countless medical procedures to preserve medical and safety supplies.
  • Many banks and credit unions are offering loan payment deferrals, fee waivers or refunds, and extending credit lines. Some are suspending foreclosures where possible. Banks also are encouraging the use of digital banking features.
  • Employers and employees are working together to implement work-at-home arrangements.
  • Educators are finding innovative ways to use distance learning and make sure students are not forgotten.
  • Libraries are finding new virtual and curbside ways to share reading and educational materials with children and adults.
  • School districts are finding safe ways to continue school breakfast and lunch programs.
  • Ohioans across the state are staying home, forgoing paychecks, giving up vacations, coping with isolation, homeschooling their children, and balancing work and childcare in new ways, all in an effort to protect their communities.
  • #InThisTogetherOhio #FlattentheCurve #SlowtheSpread

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).